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Loretta Graceffo: Music is a living thing

We are all your children
If you hear us, join us now
We’re gonna strike because the waters are rising
We’re gonna strike because our people are dying
We’re gonna strike for life and everything we love

June 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

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 · 3 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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