Tuesday, April 28, 2009

“Playing for Change” Releases CD/DVD

Posted in fun, Life, Pursuit of Happiness, useful information tagged , , , , , , , , , at 3:39 pm by Elaine Petrowski

I was first moved to write about Playing for Change, Mark Johnson’s peace-through-music organization, last year.

Today, Playing for Change, “a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music” released a CD/DVD, “Songs Around the World”.

“The album demonstrates that regardless of our religion, race, gender, or political views we can unite through music.”

And despite the fact that I am on self-imposed knitting supplies- shoe- handbag etc.- purchasing  probation,  I am planning to purchase a CD for myself and  a few more for gifts so I can support this international peace work of building schools to teach music.

(Click here to listen to preview.)

Let me know what you think, and if you decide to buy one,  via the comments below.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

This will make you smile

Posted in Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , , at 5:49 pm by Elaine Petrowski

What an idea. Peace through music. We are all one.

Watch this clip. It just might restore some of your faith in humanity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A_ma2h0idk

If it was up to me, I’d nominate Mark Johnson and Jonathan Walls for the Nobel Peace Prize based just on the little bit I’ve seen of  what looks to be an AMAZING 75-minute movie “Playing for Change: Peace Through Music” and for the music education foundation Playing for Change, that grew out of the ten-year production saga.

It isn’t really a documentary as much as a global concert film, recorded on the streets of New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, Tibet and elsewhere, as the filmmakers (Johnson being an award-winning engineer and producer) traveled across the globe, finding musicians to record tracks on versions of “Stand By Me” and Bob Marley’s “One World” without any of the individual musicians ever having met each other.  The purpose of the project, which led to the formation of a foundation to help impoverished people in the areas visited, is to show how music brings people together regardless of their cultural differences.”

Read more about their fine, uplifting work here.