Playing for Change, by David Hicks

The label on the album cover shrink-wrap tells you all you need to know.
210 Musicians. 25 Countries. 10 Songs. One Love!

I’d previously written about the Playing For Change organization (PFC) when I posted their video of The Band’s, “The Weight” a couple of months back.  Since then I ordered the vinyl LP of my music pick for this month.  This album is loaded with great songs.  Maybe you’ve seen the video of, Listen to The Music, the Doobie Brothers song?  It’s the title and first cut on the album and it’s as full of energy as you would want it and as you might expect given the great cast of musicians joining in to play and sing on the song, including, Tommy Johnston and The Doobie Brothers, Ellis Hall, Rajhesh Vaidhya, Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi, Char, and HIRAIDAI.

Or maybe you’ve seen the video for PFC’s version of Dylan’s, All Along The Watchtower?  That will blow your mind! It’s okay, you’ll recover.  If you haven’t seen these videos you need to check out the Playing For Change website or search for their videos on YouTube.  The PFC organization is one of the few human-centric places that I donate money.  And, when you donate, you’ll get access to all of their music and downloads!

From the website:
Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Our primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos we call Songs Around The World- Mark Johnson, PFC producer, and co-founder.

All of the music on this LP was recorded live and outside. Like, outside and not in a music Pavillion. In spite of that, the overall sound quality is quite good.  And, though you might not rate the sound quality a 10, I find myself thinking the music is an 11.

The B side opens with BVSC’s, Chan Chan, from a 2015 Cuban recording and filming session with Pancho Amat on the tres, accompanied by Roberto Carcasses on piano, and Tete Garcia Caturla on lead vocals.  Musicians from Cuban, the USA, and the Middle East blended together seamlessly through the miracle of masterful mixing and technology that lets the world come together through music while at the same time removing the boundaries of political and geographical construct.   …

The album can be found in Hi-Rez on Qobuz:

And the video on YouTube:

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