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Video: The Italians Making Music on Balconies Under Coronavirus Quarantine | The New Yorker

Italians have now been at home for nine days, and, from Bologna to Rome, they have invited their neighbors to engage in what they call a “Flash Mob Sonoro,” or a sound flash mob.

March 21, 2020 · 6 Comments

Video: Why we create music

“Music is the highest form of human communication.”

January 4, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: All Along the Watchtower — Playing for Change

I remember having a daydream about the opening acoustic guitar part of “All Along The Watchtower” ending with a Native American scream and a big native drum on the downbeat. … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · 2 Comments

Andrea Hollander: Arkansas to Oregon

I kept the radio tuned to the oldies stations, one after another, and sometimes, if I was lucky, I’d hear “Blackbird” or “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” or another … Continue reading

July 2, 2018 · 3 Comments

Video: “Groove in G” by Playing for Change

  Playing for Change: “We started this track in West Africa with a musical group named Tinariwen. We asked them to play a groove in the key of G, then … Continue reading

August 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: “Gimme Shelter” performed by Playing for Change

. It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. — Irish proverb In this elegant rendition, musicians from around the world cover the song “Gimme Shelter.” … Continue reading

June 4, 2016 · 3 Comments

Video: War/No More Trouble | Playing for Change | Song Around The World

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: The Playing for Change Band and Glen David Andrews perform A Better Place.

The Playing for Change Band, Glen David Andrews, and others perform A Better Place, a song about freedom and justice. Here are the lyrics: 1, 2, 3, 4 Freedom and Justice Is … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” played by musicians around the world

As part of Playing for Change‘s Song around the World program, here’s a tune from the Grateful Dead’s 1970 album American Beauty. The new clip features appearances by Washboard Chaz, … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

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