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Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World

NEW RELEASE: Songs Around The World (CD + DVD)

Check out the elegant simplicity of Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World.
Check it out at the following link:
www.concordmusicgroup.com


Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World on Soul-Patrol Radio. ...Hosted by Bob Davis w/intro by Clarence Clemmons & Melvin Gibbs




Welcome To The Soul-Patrol Newsletter

Over the past year or so, the word "Change" has certainly been used quite a bit...

In fact some have even complained that the word has been overused? In music we keep waiting for 'change to come", and to most of us fans, that "change" seems to be slow in coming. Perhaps the reason for that apparent "slowness to change", is because we keep looking for it in all of the wrong places & it's occurring right under our nose? How about using Classic Soul music as a vehicle?

This time out the Soul-Patrol Newsletter would like to present a brand new album that certainly represents change on multiple levels. The new Concord release called; Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World is an album that is worth your time in listening to at least once and potentially multiple times.

We have a review of the album along with an internet radio broadcast, hosted by yours truly with an intro from our friends Clarence Clemmons and Melvin Gibbs.

Take a listen and let us know what cha think?

Thanks in advance...

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net



Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World on Soul-Patrol Radio. ...Hosted by Bob Davis w/intro by Clarence Clemmons & Melvin Gibbs

ALBUM REVIEW: Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World


NEW RELEASE: Songs Around The World (CD + DVD)I first became hip to this album back in January/09 when I got yet another one of those innocuous emails from someone imploring me to "click here" on a YouTube link. Here is the YouTube link that I was
sent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM and I would suggest that you may want to pay a visit there yourself. When you get there you will quicky discover that you (just like I was) are somewhat late to the party because somewhere over 10 million people will have watched the music video of the song "Stand By Me" being performed by an artist called "Playing For a Change", prior to your arrival at that YouTube page. There are also nearly 20,000 replies (including one from me) at that YouTube page as well. Those are some totally outrageous an ridiculous numbers for an artist that "nobody has ever heard of."

After watching the music video, I went to to their website at: http://www.playingforchange.com where I discovered the following statement of purpose;

"Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world..."

Sounds like "creeping socialism" (or something???) Well perhaps that is what it is? However I really dig the idea of using music as a vehicle for change. "Playing for Change" is serious as a heart attack and it uses musicians from all over the world, performing some pretty basic and yet powerful songs that we all know from artists like Sam Cooke, Ben E King, Bob Marley and others in order to make a rather simple point.

"Elegance in simplicity" is a concept that sometimes seems forgotten in the complex world that we live in today. However as we move forward into the brave new world that our leaders are currently promising us, we need to remember that keeping things as simple and understandable as possible will be a major component in enabling success.

So here in 2009, someone has taken the "elegant simplicity" of 50 year old "Classic Soul" song, a style of music that all of the "music experts" keep telling me that nobody is interested in or is obsolete, and used it to create a website that has gotten 10 million views. Perhaps there is still some life left in "Classic Soul", after all? I mean, if Amy Winehouse can win 5 Grammy's using Classic Soul in 2007 and "Playing for Change" can get 10 million views in 2009 using "Classic Soul", then perhaps I really am "late to the party?"

It was the simplicity of both the audio and the visuals at the YouTube site, that compelled me to visit the "Playing for Change" website. Once I arrived there I was compelled to learn more about the purpose for this project and when I did, it made me smile. I read more, I watched more and all I could do was continue to smile. You see there is a good reason why that YouTube video has over 10 million views. And since I was late to the party, it really isn't fair for me to pretend that I have a whole lotta insight into this phenomenon. So therefore I am going to do what I am never really certain that my readers are mature enough to follow thru on. I am going to stop writing and ask you to go to the You Tube page for the song "Stand By Me" and just watch/listen and let me know if after doing so, you were compelled to find out more, just as I did. Oh & by the way, it's a pretty good album, but it's an even better idea....

Track Listing: Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World

Stand By Me
One Love
War/No More Trouble
Biko
Don't Worry
Talkin' Bout A Revolution - Afro Fiesta (Capetown, South Africa)
Better Man - Keb' Mo' (Los Angeles, CA)
Chanda Mama
Love Rescue Me - The Omagh Community Youth Choir (Omagh, Northern Ireland)
A Change Is Gonna Come - Playing For Change Band (New Orleans, LA)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM
http://www.playingforchange.com

--Bob Davis



Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World on Soul-Patrol Radio. ...Hosted by Bob Davis w/intro by Clarence Clemmons & Melvin Gibbs

BIO: Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World


NEW RELEASE: Songs Around The World (CD + DVD)Playing for Change began a decade ago, the brainchild of Grammy-winning music producer and engineer Mark Johnson. "I was in a subway in New York on my way to work, and I heard these two monks playing music," he recalls. "They were painted head to toe, all white, wearing robes. One was playing a nylon guitar, and the other was singing in a language I didn't understand. There were about 200 people who stopped to watch, didn't even get on the train. Some had tears in their eyes. And it occurred to me that here is a group of people that would normally run by each other, but instead they're coming together. And it's the music that brought them together."

For ten years Johnson and his team traveled the globe, with a single-minded passion to record little-known musicians for what would become Playing for Change - its name evoking the coins thrown to street musicians as well as the transformation their music inspires. They went to New Orleans shortly after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. "The city felt sad and desolate, yet the music never stopped," says Johnson. "The street musicians and music in the clubs kept the city alive and gave it a sense of hope." When they visited South Africa and witnessed its growing pains in the aftermath of apartheid, "we saw that people marching down streets singing in groups of thousands did more to effect positive change than any weapons ever could."

Initially focusing on Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York, in 2004 PFC made its first documentary, Playing for Change: A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians. More recently came the April 2008 premiere of its latest film, Playing for Change: Peace Through Music, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. In September 2008, the film won the Audience Award at the Woodstock Film Festival. Directed by Johnson and Jonathan Walls (Automatic), the documentary features over 100 musicians around the world, combining their distant voices into a powerful group of global songs.

For the film, PFC's crew roamed across four continents for four years. An elderly guitar player in Santa Monica wails "Stand By Me," and his performance serves as the guiding track for a multitude of others: New Orleans blues singers, harmonica, washboard and slide guitar players... an orchestral chamber group in Moscow... a pair of rocking guitarists in Venezuela... a ukulele on the streets of Rio de Janeiro... a saxophone in front of a graffiti-sprayed warehouse in Pisa, Italy... a drummer on a tenement balcony in the Congo mixing beats with a conga player in Barcelona, Spain.

There are also moving performances of traditional music: from the freedom fighters of South Africa playing songs that helped topple apartheid, to the Zuni of New Mexico performing ancient drum songs of religious devotion. Along the way, the musicians interviewed again and again present the idea that music is a tool to promote peace.
In addition to audience acclaim on the festival circuit, critical reviews of the film have been universally positive. "Wanting a movie to end so you can run out and buy the soundtrack may not seem like huge endorsement, but in this case, it is," wrote Variety. "Playing for Change: Peace Through Music...is often so exhilarating, its...utopianism doesn't seem so implausible... Significantly, a lot of the musicians are not seen playing in their own homelands - sometimes by choice, sometimes by the choices of others."
Recording musicians in some of the poorest parts of the world inspired PFC to establish the Playing for Change Foundation, which aims to offer resources - including facilities, technology, musical instruments and education - to musicians and their communities. Set to open in January 2009 is the Foundation's first project, the Playing for Change Ntonga Music School in South Africa. The Foundation is also working with South African poet Lesego Rampolokenga to build the Mehlo Arts Center in Johannesburg. Among its fundraising efforts benefiting the Foundation, PFC brought together eight of the musicians from Playing for Change: Peace Through Music to perform and record at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival and, just this past November, held another benefit concert in Denver which raised close to $150,000. Funds from this event were used to complete construction on the Playing for Change Ntonga Music School.

www.concordmusicgroup.com


Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World on Soul-Patrol Radio. ...Hosted by Bob Davis w/intro by Clarence Clemmons & Melvin Gibbs

Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World

NEW RELEASE: Songs Around The World (CD + DVD)

Check out the elegant simplicity of Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World.
Check it out at the following link:
www.concordmusicgroup.com


Playing For Change - Songs From Around the World on Soul-Patrol Radio. ...Hosted by Bob Davis w/intro by Clarence Clemmons & Melvin Gibbs



 

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