This video will bring a smile on your face.

It is a cover of "Stand by me" recorded by completely unknown artists all around the world. It started with base tracks by a street musician called Roger Ridley. These tracks were then taken all over the world where other street artists added vocals and new instruments to it. All done with a simple laptop, some headphones and some microphones. They never met.

This song marked the start of what would become a global collaborative music movement. Today, everyone can participate by joining Playing for Change. To date, seven episodes have been recorded and people are hosting screenings, musicians are holding benefit concerts of every size, fans are spreading the message. I wish I could play music (I can't) but maybe it will inspire some of you to join.

Sounds familiar? I thought so too ...

Comments

Mien Buytaert (not verified):

Smile on my face indeed!

Susan MacPhee (not verified):

Reminds me of the Drupal project and all it's wonderfulness.

Juan Carlos A… (not verified):

hello: Really I am affected by its creations, I do not speak and I write very well English, but little that I understand of the letters and songs they make wonderful. in truth to make a work as the one of you she is very beautiful, lamentably I cannot participate although touch to guitar and keyboard. they know, encantaria me to make similar or similar, clear something to its name, and with the same intention: to cause that the world sings by a true change

Kate NOLA (not verified):

I attended the recent concert in Seattle, one of four in the US where some of the musicians came together for the first time. Pure magic! Buy the CD/DVD, see the movie the day it comes out (those first weekend numbers are important), and when there is another tour go. I drove almost 200 miles and I would do it again tomorrow.