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Thursday, November 20, 2008

playing for change

there's supposed to be a hyperlink here

this is a recording of street musicians all over the world playing John Lennon's Stand By Me, together. Playing for Change is a movement that believes music has something important to contribute to world peace.... something only non-musicians didn't already know. they're building music and arts schools in south africa, just for starters.

check them out @

more than 25 years ago, when i was studying music 'seriously', i came across a quote by the great cellist, Pablo Casals. he said, "perhaps it is music that will save the world."

he was a very cool guy, Pablo. another of my favorite quotes is from him. he worked very hard, practicing hours every day, even when he was considered by some to be the best in the world. when one of his friends chided him, saying, "Why do you still practice so much, Pablo? Nobody is better than you?" Pablo Casals replied, after a moment's consideration, "..... i think i've noticed some improvement."


lindsaylobe said...

“Perhaps it is music that will save the world."

Perhaps so, but if it was not so, should future civilization perish, then another force would (amongst their perceived idea of our foolishness) marvel at the creation of so much beautiful music.

Best wishes

Gary said...

I love this project. And I don't know if the world needs saving, but we humanoids sure do better when we're brought together through music.