At the end of the day …. “Four Days till Christmas”!!


~~December 21, 2014~~ 

Christmas is fast approaching. There are four days left before the holiday is upon us. This has been quite the year. As it comes to an end, we hope that this new coming year be better in many aspects.

It Is What It Is” will feature a special song every night as the countdown approaches.

A few days ago, we posted the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” epic song. 

~GET THE LINK HERE~

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/at-the-end-of-the-day-seven-days-till-christmas-2/

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Today we are presenting the original version. 

Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for relief of the 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia. The original version was produced by Midge Ure and released byBand Aid on 28 November 1984.

In October 1984, a BBC television report by Michael Buerk was aired in the UK, which highlighted the famine that had hit the people of Ethiopia. Irish singer Bob Geldof saw the report and was inspired to raise money to relieve those affected by the famine. He called Midge Ure from Ultravox and together they quickly co-wrote the song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”.

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Band Aid is a charity super-group featuring mainly British and Irish musicians and recording artists. It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-poverty efforts in Ethiopia by releasing the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for the Christmas market that year. On 25 November 1984, the song was recorded at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, and was released in the UK four days later. The single surpassed the hopes of the producers to become the Christmas number one on that release.

Two subsequent re-recordings of the song to raise further money for charity also topped the charts. The original was produced by Midge Ure. The 12″ version was mixed by Trevor Horn. It was announced on 7 November 2014 that a new version of the song was recorded by artists under the name of Band Aid 30.

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In England, and much of the Northern Hemisphere, snow and numerous displays leave no doubt that Christmas is near. In most of Africa, however, it’s quite warm on December 25th, since it’s summer there.

This song asks us to think of those who are living in poverty and hunger in Africa during the Christmas season, reminding us that they might not even know it’s Christmas. While the sentiment and melody are full of good tidings, the lyrics are quite bleak:

“The Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom.”

Paul Young, Boy George, George Michael, Simon Le Bon, and Bono. The chorus included David Bowie, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Geldof, Ure and many other artists who weren’t given a verse but sang the “Feed The World” part and lent their images to the effort by appearing in the promotional photo. Check out the Band Aid photo with list of performers.

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~~Do they Know it’s Christmas ~ Band Aid 1984~~

~~Uploaded on Dec 11, 2011~~

Probably the most important music video to be made in the last 40 years. Just as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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At the end of the day …. Playing for Change: “Smell The Rain” by Genevieve Chadwick!!


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~~July 26, 2014~~ 

Playing for Change is a multimedia music project, created by the American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson with his Timeless Media Group, that seeks to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Playing For Change also created a separate non-profit organization called the Playing For Change Foundation, which builds music schools for children around the world.

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~~Origin~~

Playing For Change was born in 2002 as a shared vision between co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, to hit the streets of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of inspiration and the heartbeat of the people. Producers Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places including New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, the Middle East and Ireland.

Using mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted in their own style. Among the artists participating or openly involved in the project are Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mhlanga, Clarence Bekker, Tal Ben Ari (Tula), Bono, Keb’ Mo’, David Broza, Manu Chao and Grandpa Elliott. This musical journey resulted in the award-winning documentary, “A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians.”

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~~SOURCES~~

https://plus.google.com/+playingchange/posts/KvDQnPcPaWo

https://plus.google.com/104646493038578787518/posts/9V3RC3ZKvFn

http://www.reverbnation.com/genevievechadwick

http://article.wn.com/view/2014/04/06/Chadwick_singing_in_the_rain/

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~~Smell The Rain by Genevieve Chadwick~~
~Live Outside~
~~Playing For Change~~

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~~Published on Jul 26, 2014~~

Today’s video, “Smell the Rain”, was recorded and filmed live on the streets of Sydney, Australia and features our soul sister, Genevieve Chadwick.

We are proud to announce the release of Genevieve’s solo album, produced by Playing For Change and recorded in Sydney with PFC Band members Roberto Luti, Orbe Ortiz, and Peter Bunetta. The album is exclusively available on our website, both the CD and Digital Download!

Feel the love in this moment and share the joy with everyone you meet!!

We ALL are connected through MUSIC!! 

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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At the end of the day …. Two musical icons together!!


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~~July 15, 2014~~ 

Michael Jackson Wanted To Collaborate With Lady Gaga

TECHNOLOGY AND FILM MADE IT POSSIBLE

It could have been one of the most bizarre musical hookups in pop history. According to a new interview with Michael Jackson’s choreographer, Travis Payne, the late King of Pop was a big fan of Lady Gaga and had tried to set up a meeting to discuss a possible joint project.

The revelation comes from a video posted on December 30 on YouTube by Amsterdam-based producer/actor Raffles van Exel, who asks Payne which artists MJ was interested in collaborating with before his death last June.

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“I gave him a short wish list of possible collaborators and he was like, ‘Sure, they can all come, as long as their schedules permit and it’s not too much of a problem for them,’ ” Payne said of Jackson’s humble response to a suggestion that he reach out to other artists to work with him on his This Is It series of shows in London. “Of course, I suggested Janet, of course Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and Mariah Carey we talked about. We talked about Missy Elliott. We talked about Usher, of course. We talked about Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, Sting, Seal, Bono, Tina Turner. We talked about all these people that I thought were cool but that he liked.”

Then, Payne said he asked Jackson if there was anyone else he wanted to reach out to. “He goes, ‘Lady Gaga.’ I go, ‘Really?’ He goes, ‘Yeah.’ He’s the one who really got me to get into her. He literally told me, ‘You gotta get into her. She’s good.’ So, I started listening to her music more and going on YouTube and looking at her performances, and I was like, ‘He’s right.’ ”

Payne did not specify in the video when these conversations took place. He said that last November, he got a call from Lady Gaga and told her the story about the conversation with Jackson. “She got moved by it,” he recalled. A spokesperson for Gaga could not be reached for comment about Payne’s claims.

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~~SOURCE~~ 

http://www.mtv.com/news/1629123/michael-jackson-wanted-to-collaborate-with-lady-gaga/

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~~Michael Jackson Vs Lady Gaga~~

King Of ArtPop Megamix

by Robin Skouteris

~~Published on Jul 2, 2014~~

Remix by Robin Skouteris. Video edit by Panos T.
http://www.robinskouteris.com
♫♫ DOWNLOAD the album & mix here: http://on.fb.me/1jRMbLp
A remix concept album, combining music from Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP with classic Michael Jackson vocals.

VIDEO also available on VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/99741713 (ideal for mobile devices)

Megamix contains 5 Mashups from the remix album “The King Of ArtPop”:
Mashups included in the Megamix:
DANGEROUS VENUS, SCREAMING G.U.Y., GIVE IN TO MARY JANE, BEATiCURE, DIRTY APPLAUSE

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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At the end of the day …. Playing for Change: “Redemption Song”!!


~~July 3, 2014~~ 

Playing for Change is a multimedia music project, created by the American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson with his Timeless Media Group, that seeks to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Playing For Change also created a separate non-profit organization called the Playing For Change Foundation, which builds music schools for children around the world.

~~Origin~~

Playing For Change was born in 2002 as a shared vision between co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, to hit the streets of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of inspiration and the heartbeat of the people. Producers Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places including New OrleansBarcelonaSouth AfricaIndiaNepal, the Middle East and Ireland.

Using mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted in their own style. Among the artists participating or openly involved in the project are Vusi MahlaselaLouis MhlangaClarence BekkerTal Ben Ari (Tula)BonoKeb’ Mo’David BrozaManu Chao and Grandpa Elliott. This musical journey resulted in the award-winning documentary, “A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians.”

~~SOURCES~~

http://playingforchange.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playing_for_Change

https://plus.google.com/109185417679187697268/posts/Gg4wBRH6BEU

~Redemption Song – Playing For Change~

~Uploaded on Feb 7, 2011~

We are honored to announce the release of PFC3: Songs Around The World – available everywhere now! This CD/DVD set highlights the passion and talent of 185 musicians from 31 different countries.

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Hello everyone, today we are honored to share with you all the first video from our new CD/DVD titled, “PFC2: Songs Around the World”.

This video is a version of “Redemption Song” performed around the world in honor of Bob Marley’s birthday. We have reunited Bob with his son Stephen and the support of the entire planet. In this song there is a telling of rising above the past and moving forward with love in our hearts and hope in our eyes. 

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~~LYRICS~~

(the words say it all)

Old pirates, yes they rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit

But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the almighty
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly

Won’t you help to sing
Another songs of freedom?
‘Cause all I’ve ever had
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time

How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?
Some say it’s just a part of it
Well we’ve got to fulfill the book

Won’t you help me sing
Another song of freedom?
It’s all I ever have
Redemption songs, yes lord
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

Wap choo wap choo wah
Come on with me people
Wap choo wap choo wah
Come on with me children

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our mind
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time

How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?
Some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fulfill the book

So won’t you help me sing
Another song of freedom?
It’s all I ever had
Redemption songs, yes lord
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Redemption songs, songs of freedom

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Check these links, review the contents and start following them.

There are plenty of very interesting videos on YouTube.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT
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https://www.facebook.com/PlayingForCh…
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We ALL are connected through MUSIC!! 

We ALL are ONE!! 

Thank you to Shaun, the lad from Scotland, for reminding me of this song!

At the end of the day …. Playing for Change: “Guantanamera”!!


~~July 2, 2014~~ 

Playing for Change is a multimedia music project, created by the American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson with his Timeless Media Group, that seeks to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Playing For Change also created a separate non-profit organization called the Playing For Change Foundation, which builds music schools for children around the world.

Playing for Change hit it out of the park this time. This is a very well known song in the Latin community. Its origins are in the island of Cuba. There isn’t a citizen of Latin America who doesn’t know the verses, the music and the meaning of this song. 

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~~Origin~~

Playing For Change was born in 2002 as a shared vision between co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, to hit the streets of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of inspiration and the heartbeat of the people. Producers Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places including New OrleansBarcelonaSouth AfricaIndiaNepal, the Middle East and Ireland.

Using mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted in their own style. Among the artists participating or openly involved in the project are Vusi MahlaselaLouis MhlangaClarence BekkerTal Ben Ari (Tula)BonoKeb’ Mo’David BrozaManu Chao and Grandpa Elliott. This musical journey resulted in the award-winning documentary, “A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians.”

~~SOURCES~~

http://playingforchange.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playing_for_Change

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guantanamera

https://plus.google.com/109185417679187697268/posts/Gg4wBRH6BEU

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Guantanamera” (Spanish: “from Guantánamo [feminine]”, thus “the one from Guantánamo“) is perhaps the best known Cuban song and that country’s most noted patriotic song.

In 1966, a version by American vocal group The Sandpipers, based on an arrangement by Pete Seeger, became an international hit.

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The music for the song is sometimes attributed to José Fernández Diaz, known as Joseíto Fernández, who claimed to have written it at various dates (consensus puts 1929 as its year of origin), and who used it regularly in one of his radio programs. Some claim that the song’s structure actually came from Herminio “El Diablo” García Wilson, who could be credited as a co-composer. García’s heirs took the matter to court decades later but lost the case: the Supreme Court of Cuba credited Fernández as the sole composer of the music in 1993. Regardless of either claim, Fernández can safely be claimed as being the first public promoter of the song, through his radio programs.

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~~Original lyrics and José Fernández~~

The lyrics to the song, as written by José Fernández, are about a woman from Guantánamo, with whom he had a romantic relationship, and who eventually left him. The alleged real story behind these lyrics (or at least one of many versions of the song’s origin that Fernández suggested during his lifetime) is that she did not have a romantic interest in him, but merely a platonic one. If the details are to be believed, she had brought him a steak sandwich one day as a present to the radio station where he worked. He stared at some other woman (and attempted to flirt with her) while eating the sandwich, and his friend yanked it out of his hands in disgust, cursed him and left.

He never saw her again. These words are rarely sung today.

Another history behind the chorus and its lyrics (“Guantanamera/Guajira Guantanamera …”) is similar: García claimed he was at a street corner with a group of friends and made a courteous pass (a polite pick-up line, like “your mother made you good” or “you came from a star”, piropo in Spanish) to a woman (who also happened to be from Guantánamo) who walked by the group.

She answered back rather harshly, offended by the pass. Stunned, he could not take his mind off her reaction while his friends made fun of him; later that day, sitting at a piano with his friends near him, he wrote the song’s main refrain.

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~~Playing For Change – Guantanamera~~

~~Published on Jul 1, 2014~~

We invite you to watch and enjoy another Song Around The World from our new album: “Guantanamera“.

We started the song with Carlos Varela in Havana and it features over 75 Cuban musicians around the world, from Havana and Santiago to Miami, Barcelona and Tokyo. We recorded and produced this track with Jackson Browne, who explains that “traveling with Playing For Change across Cuba was one of the most rewarding and inspiring musical experiences of my life.” 

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Check these links, review the contents and start following them.

There are plenty of very interesting videos on YouTube.

We ALL are connected through MUSIC!! 

We ALL are ONE!! 

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At the end of the day …. reach “Higher Ground”!!


~~June 5, 2014~~

Higher Ground” is a funk song written by Stevie Wonder and first appearing on his 1973 album Innervisions. The song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the US Hot R&B Singles chart. Wonder wrote and recorded the song in a three-hour burst of creativity in May 1973. The album version of the song contains an extra verse and runs 30 seconds longer than the single version. The unique wah-clavinet sound in the song was achieved with a Mu-tron III envelope filter pedal. The bass is a Moog synthesizer. Via overdubs, Wonder played all instruments on the track, including drums.

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This song was written 41 years ago. Listen to the lyrics carefully. Be amazed by the fact that these apply to this day. 

What have we learned about our society and our world since then? 

Seems to me …. not that much!

“Higher Ground”

People keep on learnin’
Soldiers keep on warrin’
World keep on turnin’
Cause it won’t be too long

Powers keep on lyin’
While your people keep on dyin’
World keep on turnin’
Cause it won’t be too long

I’m so darn glad he let me try it again
Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I’m so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin’
Till I reach my highest ground

Teachers keep on teachin’
Preachers keep on preachin’
World keep on turnin’
Cause it won’t be too long
Oh no

Lovers keep on lovin’
Believers keep on believin’
Sleepers just stop sleepin’
Cause it won’t be too long
Oh no

I’m so glad that he let me try it again
Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I’m so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin’
Till I reach my highest ground…Whew!

Till I reach my highest ground
No one’s gonna bring me down
Oh no
Till I reach my highest ground
Don’t let nobody bring you down (they’ll sho ’nuff try)
God is gonna show you higher ground
He’s the only friend you have around
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~~Song Around The World – Higher Ground – Playing For Change~~

~~Published on Dec 25, 2012~~

~Song Around The World~

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~~Origin~~

Playing For Change was born in 2002 as a shared vision between co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, to hit the streets of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of inspiration and the heartbeat of the people. Producers Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places including New OrleansBarcelonaSouth AfricaIndiaNepal, the Middle East and Ireland. Using mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted in their own style. Among the artists participating or openly involved in the project are Vusi MahlaselaLouis MhlangaClarence BekkerTal Ben Ari (Tula)BonoKeb’ Mo’David BrozaManu Chao and Grandpa Elliott. This musical journey resulted in the award-winning documentary, “A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians.”

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~~SOURCES~~
We ALL are ONE!! 

At the end of the day … Playing for change: “What’s going on?”


~~June 4, 2014~~

Playing for Change is a multimedia music project, created by the American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson with his Timeless Media Group, that seeks to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Playing For Change also created a separate non-profit organization called the Playing For Change Foundation, which builds music schools for children around the world.

~~Origin~~

Playing For Change was born in 2002 as a shared vision between co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, to hit the streets of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of inspiration and the heartbeat of the people. Producers Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places including New OrleansBarcelonaSouth AfricaIndiaNepal, the Middle East and Ireland.

Using mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted in their own style. Among the artists participating or openly involved in the project are Vusi MahlaselaLouis MhlangaClarence BekkerTal Ben Ari (Tula)BonoKeb’ Mo’David BrozaManu Chao and Grandpa Elliott. This musical journey resulted in the award-winning documentary, “A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians.”

~~SOURCES~~

http://playingforchange.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playing_for_Change

https://plus.google.com/109185417679187697268/posts/Gg4wBRH6BEU

~~What’s Going On~~

Playing For Change | Song Around The World

~~Published on Jun 4, 2014~~

From our newest album PFC3 Songs Around the World: preorder here:
http://playingforchange.com/marketpla…

We started this performance with PFC Band members Titi Tsira and Clarence Bekker while on a trip together in Rio de Janeiro. Wherever we traveled we would add more musicians, strings in Serbia, guitar and bass in Chicago, pandeiro in Brazil and the final piece came together with Sara Bareilles’ vocal performance at Washington Square park in NYC.

The message of this song is as strong as ever and it’s up to us to make the change we want to see.

Music can show us the way.

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There are plenty of very interesting videos on YouTube.

We ALL are connected through MUSIC!! 

We ALL are ONE!!