I initially heard about Playing For Change a few years ago, when, with delight, I listened to the Bob Marley song “One Love” and Ben E. King’s classic, “Stand By Me”, that were performed, patchwork quilt style by gifted musicians world wide. Multi-lingual, multi-cultural, the idea of people enjoying singing and listening to songs with style, really tickled me. It began with the idea that music is a universal communicator and connector between people, regardless of their language. Peaceful coexistence is a goal of the changing cast of talented musicians, who break down barriers with soulful singing and playing of their particular instruments. Cameras film their performances and editors piece them together.
Much in the same way that diversity and uniqueness are honored in the music, so too can they be amongst people. Enter Playing For Change Day on September 17; the first annual event. The purpose for this worldwide sonic serenade is to introduce youth to the beauty and power of music and to raise money for music education. In cooperation with Theater Within and Yoko Ono, it puts legs under its idealism. It is based on the theme of Power To The People that honors John Lennon. The 31st Annual John Lennon Tribute occurs on Friday, November 18, 2011 at Town Hall in New York.
Go to the website to see how you may want to be involved in this world-wide love fest.
Stand By Me http://youtu.be/Us-TVg40ExM
One Love http://youtu.be/4xjPODksI08