If you’re not familiar with Playing for Change, it’s a band and foundation created by Mark Johnson, who spent four years traveling and filming musicians from around the world (local and street musicians alike). In 2008, he released a cover of the song “Stand By Me.” That video has garnered close to 30 million YouTube views, and it helped lead to a PBS documentary and CD series. As a rule, Playing for Change makes an effort to go into a variety of global communities to find performers to contribute to its albums and accompanying videos. The video starts with two musicians playing Delta Blues with a steel guitar (Italy) and a washboard (New Orleans). Both Roberto Luti (National Steel Guitar) and Washboard Chaz have dedicated their lives to playing the blues. A good friend sent me a link to something from a group (foundation) called Playing for Change. Their mission is excellent (I will get to it later in the post) but technologically they create music videos (and songs) piecing them together from around the world.

The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to connecting the world through music by providing resources to musicians and their communities around the world. A small group of documentary filmmakers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets.
While traveling the world filming and recording musicians, the crew became intimately involved with the music and people of each community they visited. Out of these discoveries, the Playing For Change Foundation was born and made its mission to ensure that anyone with the desire to receive a music education would have the opportunity to do so. I love music but I don’t give a shit if it is music, reading, teaching, helping, whatever … if you have an idea or action that can “transform a dire situation into a hopeful one’ I believe it is  worthwhile idea. 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The Playing for Change band was also born (and will soon be playing at Jazz Fest in New Orleans), as well as The Playing for Change Foundation, which seeks to support music education.

Although they are thousands of miles apart in this video they have both witnessed first hand the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the chaos that can follow tragedy.
Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. It has since blossomed into a global initiative touching the lives of millions of people around the world. Although many of these communities had limited resources and a modest standard of living, the people in them were full of generosity, warmth, and above all they were connected to each other by a common thread: music. The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to the fundamental idea that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music.

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