Playing for Change: Peace through Music

By now this is nothing new, but something that still makes me smile nonetheless. Playing for Change, in case you haven’t heard (or at least not by name), is an organization that produces videos of songs that are famous around the world, in an effort to unite people the world over through music.

Playing for Change was started in March of 2005 by a small production team using their own equipment to record street musicians using the world as their stage, playing the same song without ever actually meeting, through the use of technology. The first song around the world they performed was Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” with musicians that have since become famous for their parts in Playing for Change’s worldwide movement.

Five years later, there is a Playing for Change Foundation (the donations from which go towards building music and art schools around the world), and many of these street musicians have come together to form the Playing for Change band, which tours around the world, except now the musicians are working directly together one one stage.

There are thirty videos or “episodes” on their site now, but “Stand by Me” still remains my favorite. Check it out: http://playingforchange.com/episodes/2/Stand_By_Me

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