Hoping for Peace in Our Time: Wishes For a Wonderful New Year!

Dove of Peace: Pablo Picasso, Lithograph (1949)

There is so much to be grateful for! Best wishes to all for a Wonderful, Happy and Healthy New Year! God bless us everyone!

Playing For Change: Song Around the World – “Stand By Me”

The Poetics of Hope: A Wish for Peace in Our Time

Dove of Peace: Pablo Picasso, Lithograph (1949)

Playing For Change: Song Around the World-“Stand By Me”

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A Refreshing, Soul-Stirring Emotional Remembrance: Stand By Me

A Refreshing, Soul-Stirring Emotional Remembrance: Stand By Me

Stand By Me is a musical short film that is the first part of the award-winning, immensely popular documentary Playing For Change: Peace Through Music by Mark Johnson. Playing for Change: Peace Through Music debuted at the 2008 Tribecca Film Festival in New York and won the Audience Award at the Woodstock Film Festival. The documentary is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The project arose from a belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people, and was produced to benefit worthy causes, including AIDS charities in Africa.

Stand By Me is an emotionally powerful rendition of the Ben E. King classic, performed by musicians from around the world adding their parts to the song as it traveled the globe. It features the fine baritone of New Orleans street musician Grandpa Elliott Small, as well as Washboard Chaz and Roberto Luti also from New Orleans. The dizzying array of performers also includes street musicians making contributions to this amazing, soul-stirring performance from as far away as the Netherlands, France, Spain, Brazil, Moscow, South Africa and the Congo.

A Refreshing, Soul-Stirring Emotional Remembrance: Stand By Me

Slide Show: A Refreshing, Soul-Stirring Emotional Remembrance/Stand By Me

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