Dries Buytaert

Playing for Change = amazing

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 ...

— Dries Buytaert

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