Playing for Change just posted their version of Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower. It’s a spine-tingling rendition of a song with some timely lyrics:
There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late
Lyrics from the MLK Song:
Well it really doesn’t matter most of the deeds I’ve done
It really doesn’t matter the prizes I may have won
I’d like for somebody to say I tried to love someone
When I have to meet my day
In the crawl for justice
I helped somebody run
In the walk for the hungry
I fed someone
And in the march for peace
Tell them I played the drum
Mavis Staples gives the lyrics much greater emotional impact.
Buddy Guy takes the lead on “Skin Deep“, a song in similar vein produced by Playing For Change. He’s joined by more than 50 other musicians spread across the U.S. in this song that tells us that “Underneath We Are All the Same.” The video starts with a quote from Martin Luther King.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness.
Only light can do that.
This is very, very ugly. Dodge Ram Trucks using an inspirational, Martin Luther King speech to sell trucks in a Super Bowl commercial. What’s next, using the Sermon on the Mount to sell mini-vans?
Listen to it here and try to ignore the commercial bits. The speech is uplifting: Dodge Ram Superbowl Commercial
I thought this would be just another morning at home. Then I stumbled upon the song Guantanamera done on YouTube as part of the Playing For Change project. That led to watching and listening to La Bamba, What’s Going On, Stand Up Sit Up . . . Lots of great songs. Watching the videos caused goose bumps – they are that good. Fun. Uplifting. Especially the out-of-this world rendition of Lean On Me. What a show! What a show!
Help, I can’t stop. I’m going to be here all day listening to music. Oh god! Now it’s What a Wonderful World!
Each video has many different musicians and groups that contribute to the songs. They play in locations around the world on every continent. Somehow, all the clips of all the different musicians and all the different locales are combined into wonderful creations. They musicians are the best. The videos are the best. The music is the best.
Playing For Change has a motto: Connecting the World Through Music.
Mark Johnson, the co-founder, says
The idea is to show people enough different cultures using music to uplift themselves, so that we can see the connections we all have.
. . . that’s the way music was meant to be.
. . . man, all my life I’ve been putting out love, but not like that
Far from being just another morning, it’s been an inspiring, fun, music-filled morning. I feel like it’s a bright, sunshiny day even though it’s wet and cloudy.
Peace Through Music