“Music is the universal language of mankind.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For me, music is like air: it’s vital to my well-being and happiness. It feeds my body, my mind, and my soul. I need it as much as the air I breathe. I love the diversity of music available at our finger tips. I love that there are so many musical styles and genres to choose from. I love the musicians, singers, songwriters and composers of this world. I appreciate all the recording and sound engineers out there putting it all together so we can enjoy listening to fabulous music almost anywhere. I also love any project or happy gathering, live or otherwise, that can bring together the diverse peoples and cultures which weave the beautiful tapestry of this planet. And I’ll never cease to wonder at all the technology which makes such a project possible (including the fact that I have the capability to share some of it via this blog).
“Music is the language of spirit.
It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife”
~ Kahlil Gibran
Bravo to the great people at Playing for Change for making the fabulous video below, an outstanding version of “Stand By Me”, performed by street musicians from all over the world. What better way for people from around the globe to connect and play together than a collaborative music project? Now that’s what I call world harmony.
I watch this video often because I have a special place in my heart for street musicians; because it renews my already great appreciation for the diverse people of this world; and because it inspires me to sing and play music myself. But, mostly, I watch it because it simply makes me happy. I love knowing that no matter how far apart we are physically or culturally, music is something that always has the potential to bring us together in spirit.
For more information and more great performances by the artists featured in this video, check out Playing for Change.
“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 to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.”
~ Excerpted from the Playing for Change About Page.
Top Image: Godin Canadian Guitar; CC by Garry Knight via Flickr
Second Image: Insieme; CC by Alessandro Liguori via Flickr