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How Music Can Move And Change The World [VIDEO]

I was on my Facebook page when my friend Brian Gary posted a viral video I hadn’t seen for a while. It was from lesser known musicians from across the planet doing ‘Stand By Me’. It’s all part of a larger project called Playing For Change. I’ve posted a number of these inspirational videos here.

As many of you know I am a singer-songwriter. When I recorded my first CD I had the help of musicians in Israel, Britain, Greece, Texas, Los Angeles, New York and right here in Fort Collins, all of that thanks to the Internet and what can now be done digitally, through the transfer of audio files.

I’ve decided to post a number of videos of this multinational, multicultural collaboration here. Listen to how each song builds as new players are brought into the mix. Amazing!

Enjoy and leave any comments by scrolling down. These folks and this project will bring tears to your eyes.

Here’s how they explain this project on their website.

The Inspiration

Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.
The Production

We built a mobile recording studio, equipped with all the same equipment used in the best studios, and traveled to wherever the music took us. As technology changed, our power demands were downsized from golf cart batteries to car batteries, and finally to laptops. Similarly, the quality with which we were able to film and document the project was gradually upgraded from a variety of formats– each the best we could attain at the time—finally to full HD.

One thing that never changed throughout the process was our commitment to create an environment for the musicians in which they could create freely and that placed no barriers between them and those who would eventually experience their music. By leading with that energy and intent everywhere we traveled, we were freely given access to musicians and locations that are usually inaccessible. In this respect, the inspiration that originally set us on this path became a co-creator of the project along with us!
The Effect

Over the course of this project, we decided it was not enough for our crew just to record and share this music with the world; we wanted to create a way to give back to the musicians and their communities that had shared so much with us. And so in 2007 we created the Playing for Change Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to do just that. In early 2008, we established Timeless Media, a for-profit entity that funds and extends the work of Playing for Change. Later that year, Timeless Media entered into a joint venture with the Concord Music Group through the support of label co-owner and entertainment legend Norman Lear and Concord Music Group executive vice president of A&R John Burk. Our goal is to bring PFC’s music, videos and message to the widest possible audience.

Now, musicians from all over the world are brought together to perform benefit concerts that build music and art schools in communities that are in need of inspiration and hope. In addition to benefit concerts, the Playing for Change band also performs shows around the world. When audiences see and hear musicians who have traveled thousands of miles from their homes, united in purpose and chorus on one stage, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power.

And now, everyone can participate in this transformative experience by joining the Playing for Change Movement. People are hosting screenings, musicians are holding benefit concerts of every size, fans are spreading the message of Playing for Change through our media, and this is only the beginning. Together, we will connect the world through music!

I hope you enjoy this post. There is some powerful music here. And it shows how we are all connected if we take the time to listen. You can connect with this website by visiting. PlayingForChange.com and hearing and viewing many more videos.

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