We Can Make Beautiful Music Together!

Just saw an incredible video on PBS. It is about Mark Johnson, who has made a film called “Playing for Change.” He filmed musicians all over the world, playing the same song, then edited them all together so it is an ensemble performance.

It is moving, and amazing. Johnson’s premise is that music unites all of us, and even though we may be from different cultures, nations, races, religions, music can transcend all of the other things that may try to divide us.

It is a powerful concept, and a powerful video. Inspiring and moving.

Johnson’s even started music schools in places throughout the world to make his vision real, and to help people who live in desperate circumstances find solace and hope through music.

There’s really no need for me to say anything further – except to encourage you to check out the links above, and see and hear it for yourself!

I just found out that Johnson is also guest blogging at Bill Moyers’ Journal – so you can follow up on this story, there.

© writingreading, 2008

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2 Responses to We Can Make Beautiful Music Together!

  1. I am an old bluegrass musician and this moved me to tears. I got out my mandolin and played with folks all over the world. Great stuff.

    drtombibey.wordpress.com

  2. Thanks, Dr. Bibey! I too, was deeply moved by watching the “Stand by Me” excerpt from this film. The idea of persons, like yourself, playing along while watching, and themselves becoming part of the worldwide performance (if only in their own homes) – is also tremendously powerful.

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