Video Spotlight: Playing for Change – Stand by Me

  • Paul Tavner
  • 5 February 2012

It’s another classic YouTube hit this week on Video Spotlight. The video featured below looks set to break the 40-million-views mark this year.

And rightfully so. This clip, produced by the Playing for Change (PFC) movement, combines a number of delightful human characteristics in a way that just makes you feel downright happy. Musical talent, individual artistic interpretation and diverse locations all come together to produce one of the all-time great covers of Ben E. King’s classic ‘Stand by Me’.

By making use of a bespoke mobile recording studio, the Playing for Change team have travelled the globe and made recordings of performers from all walks of life. Taking the studio to the musicians has allowed the creation of a truly unique virtual ensemble with a spectacular sound to match.

PFC continues to visit new destinations, to develop new material and – in addition – to make use of the Playing for Change Foundation to promote positive social change and further the love of music in the communities they visit.

We can’t sing as well as the performers featured above, but it’s amazing to see so many people making sweet music together for the benefit of thousands of people worldwide. We’ll stand by them any day.

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Paul Tavner

Born and raised in the heart of the British countryside, Paul has lived and worked in London for the last four years. He loves most things about city life, but tries to make regular escapes on travel adventures to maintain his sanity. Paul is Techie-in-chief of the Travel Word and tries his best to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes.
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