Thursday, January 01, 2009

Stand By Me

This might just be a good way to start a new year.

This 5-minute video is from the documentary, Playing For Change: Peace Through Music. It is the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe.

Bill Moyers interviewed Mark Johnson of the Playing For Change Movement. You can check out this interview by clicking on Bill Moyers' Interview with Mark Johnson. Perhaps his best quote:

" ... my ultimate thing would be that people understand that in a world with all this division, it's important for us to focus on our connections."

The goals of this movement are to help build schools, connect students, and inspire communities in need through music. Music is an international language. I think Mark Johnson is on to something big.

Another interpretation of "Stand By Me" could be for all of us to be there for the people who need us in 2009.

Postscript: I noted that Mark Johnson's and Jonathan Walls' first film, Playing for Change: A Cinematic Discovery of Street Music, released in 2005, is currently available through Netflix. It's sitting in my No. 1 position in my Netflix queue, but it says there's a long wait.


  1. Since "Playing for Change" has been in my Netflix queue ever since the first of the year (2009) and has not become available, I have to assume it really is not available through them. To bad. I really wanted to see it :(

  2. I've experienced Netflix's perpetual wait as well — frustrating and nonsensical.

    Discovered this 2005 Playing For Change DVD from outside sellers on Amazon — $30 used / $50 new — blah.