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I came across a new documentary about the transformative power of music: PLAYING FOR CHANGE: PEACE THROUGH MUSIC while watching a Bill Moyer's special. It's a good interview, in English, transcription included. The film will be released in 2009.

For those who aren't interested in slogging through the English, here are some musical highlights :)


The youtube version misses the first few lines... I downloaded the video and will try to edit so I can post the entire song.

VARIOUS SINGERS/MUSICIANS: (written by Bill Withers)
Oh yeah, my darling, stand by me
No matter how much money you got, all the friends you got,
You're gonna need somebody, to stand by you
When the night has come. And the land is dark
And that moon is the only light we'll see
No I won't be afraid, no I won't shed one tear
Just as long as you people come and stand by me
And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand, stand by me
Come on stand by me
When the sky that we look upon
When she tumble and fall
Oh the mountains they should crumble into the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
So darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh stand by me
Please stand, stand by me, stand by me
Oh baby baby,
Darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh stand by me
So darlin', darlin', stand, oh stand, oh stand, stand by me,
Come on stand by me
Stand, oh won't you stand, oh stand, stand by me, stand by me,
When the night has come, and the land is dark,
And the moon is the only light we'll see,
I won't be afraid, I won't be afraid,
Not as long, not as long as you stand by me

And another...

VARIOUS SINGERS:
One Love, One Heart
Let's get together and feel all right
Let's get together and feel all right
One Love, One Heart
Let's get together and feel all right
As it was in the beginning
So shall it be in the end
Let's get together and feel all right

Let them all pass off their dirty remarks
One Love
There is one question I'd really like to ask
One Heart

Is there a place for those hopeless sinner
Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own?
Believe me

One Love, One Heart
(Foreign Language)*
I see the sun
(Foreign Language)*
Let's get together and feel all right
(Foreign language)*

*I know, I know, you'd think they could have bothered to find out WHAT foreign language..
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Ah, I found a little more music by going to the website, Playing for Change. This first video is moving and beautiful... I think it was filmed in Guguletu, South Africa.


This second video features a new music school the foundation has built in Guguletu, South Africa.

Tags: curriculum, music, peace, teaching, video

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Ellen,

You are reading my mind! I am going to watch the Moyer's special tonight.....

As I mentioned before, I'll be setting up another page/site and running a world wide peace project for classrooms - using music! I intend to launch on the Day Lennon Died....a special day to me. I , like you , really believe we must use all means, music works best, to bring people towards understanding and empathy....If we concentrate on our similarities, not our differences, I think we can make a difference. And like all I do -- that is my guiding light -- to spread a little light, to make a difference...

Thanks, more comments after I watch the special...I don't know the language but it is wonderful - S. Africa is the musical capital of the world in some respects....

Here is my addition, a song by Outlandish and is close to my heart. I wrote them and I hope they'll participate in our EFL Classroom 2.0 peace project.

Free Palestine by Outlandish

Look into my eyes
Tell me what you see
You don’t see a damn thing
’cause you can’t relate to me
You’re blinded by our differences
My life makes no sense to you
I’m the persecuted one
You’re the red, white and blue

Each day you wake in tranquility
No fears to cross your eyes
Each day I wake in gratitude
Thanking God He let me rise
You worry about your education
And the bills you have to pay
I worry about my vulnerable life
And if I’ll survive another day
Your biggest fear is getting a ticket
As you cruise your Cadillac
My fear is that the tank that has just left
Will turn around and come back

Yet, do you know the truth of where your money goes?
Do you let your media deceive your mind?
Is this a truth nobody, nobody, nobody knows
Has our world gone all blind?

Do you know the truth of where your money goes?
Do you let your media deceive your mind?
Is this a truth nobody, nobody, nobody knows?
Someone tell me…

Ooohh, let’s not cry tonight
I promise you one day it’s through
Ohh my brothers, Ohh my sisters
Ooohh, shine a light for every soul that ain’t with us no more
Ohh my brothers, Ohh my sisters

See I’ve known terror for quite some time
57 years so cruel
Terror breathes the air I breathe
It’s the checkpoint on my way to school
Terror is the robbery of my land
And the torture of my mother
The imprisonment of my innocent father
The bullet in my baby brother
The bulldozers and the tanks
The gases and the guns
The bombs that fall outside my door
All due to your funds
You blame me for defending myself
Against the ways of my enemies
I’m terrorized in my own land
But am I the terrorist?

Yet, do you know the truth of where your money goes?
Do you let your media deceive your mind?
Is this a truth nobody, nobody, nobody knows
Has our world gone all blind?

Do you know the truth of where your money goes?
Do you let your media deceive your mind?
Is this a truth nobody, nobody, nobody knows?
Someone tell me…

Ooohh, let’s not cry tonight, I promise you one day it’s through
Ohh my brothers, Ohh my sisters,
Ooohh, shine a light for every soul that ain’t with us no more
Ohh my brothers, Ohh my sisters,

America, do you realize that the taxes that you pay
Feed the forces that traumatize my every living day
So if I won’t be here tomorrow
It’s written in my fate
May the future bring a brighter day
The end of our wait

(pause)

Ooohh, let’s not cry tonight, I promise you one day it’s through
Ohh my brothers, Ohh my sisters,
Ooohh, shine a light for every soul that ain’t with us no more
Ohh my brothers, Ohh my sisters,

Ohh let’s not cry tonight I promise you one day is through
Ohh my brothers! Ohh my sisters!
Ooh shine a light for every Soul that ain’t with us no more
Ohh my brothers! Ohh my sisters! …

Powerful and moving, David. I added the video to my post on hors (posted this discussion in both places, two loves :)))) ) Thank you for finding the video, David, it is one of the most effective peace songs I have ever heard. I hope Outlandish will join the peace group
Ellen,

WOW! I love it and the idea and the people and the spirit and the connection and the MUSIC. Thank you.

I'm going to get my music contacts out there and hunting down Marc, to help in our project and so I can help with those schools..... So strange how this world works...I"ve been thinking about this project for a looooooooong time. When I began using karaoke in classes several years ago, I"d tingle, like I tingled today hearing/feeling Stand By Me. Wow! It connects and brings together and makes us exactly as Marc said, "focus on the similarities".

Wow!

I have a month to take this bull by the horns and it is also an amazing coincidence that I've been intending on using "One Love" as the project song. Classes contribute videos and express what Peace means to them. Just got to get it out there......this is what the world needs.

About Outlandish - I have subtitled the original video and its in our library here somewhere. 3 guys from Denmark! They grew up in different places around the world (Morocco, Pakistan , Costa Rica) and met as immigrants there....quite the story and their music, ideas are great.... They sing in Arabic, Danish, Urdu, Spanish, English! This song is based on a poem by Gihad Ali, a Palestinian poet who has been through it all. I copied the poem below....

More later, thanks for this great interview and endeavor. Makes me keep believing.... Here is another interview about Playing for Change.


Look into my eyes by Gihad Ali

Look into my eyes
and tell me what you see.
You don't see a damn thing,
`cause you can't possibly relate to me.

You're blinded by our differences.
My life makes no sense to you.
I'm the persecuted Palestinian.
You're the American red, white and blue.

Each day you wake in tranquility.
No fears to cross your eyes.
Each day I wake in gratitude.
Thanking God He let me rise.

You worry about your education
and the bills you have to pay.
I worry about my vulnerable life
and if I'll survive another day.

Your biggest fear is getting ticketed
as you cruise your Cadillac.
My fear is that the tank that just left
will turn around and come back.

American, do you realize,
that the taxes that you pay
feed the forces that traumatize
my every living day?

The bulldozers and the tanks,
the gases and the guns,
the bombs that fall outside my door,
all due to American funds.

Yet do you know the truth
of where your money goes?
Do you let your media deceive your mind?
Is this a truth that no one knows?

You blame me for defending myself
against the ways of Zionists.
I'm terrorized in my own land
and I'm the terrorist?

You think you know all about terrorism
but you don't know it the way I do.
So let me define the term for you.
And teach you what you thought you knew.

I've known terrorism for quite some time,
fifty-four years and more.
It's the fruitless garden uprooted in my yard.
It's the bulldozer in front of my door.

Terrorism breathes the air I breathe.
It's the checkpoint on my way to school.
It's the curfew that jails me in my own home,
and the penalties of breaking that curfew rule.

Terrorism is the robbery of my land.
And the torture of my mother.
The imprisonment of my innocent father.
The bullet in my baby brother.

So American, don't tell me you know about
the things I feel and see.
I'm terrorized in my own land
and the blame is put on me.

But I will not rest, I shall never settle
for the injustice my people endure.
Palestine is our land and there we'll remain
until the day our homeland is secure.

And if that time shall never come,
then you will never see a day of peace.
I will not be thrown from my own home,
nor will my fight for justice cease.

And if I am killed, it will be in Falasteen.
It's written on my every breath.
So in your own patriotic words,
Give me liberty or give me death.
Adding this hear for reference....lots of songs of protest and freedom....





What a collection, David! The first song that came up was "Angel"... the best rendition I've heard her do :) Lots more listening to do...
We don't need no more trouble..... We need love, NO WAR!

Playing 4 Change is coming and here is the latest video...awesome. Listen to these buskers play with Bono! WOW! I'm blown away....let's send this to Hamas, to Netanyahu, to Putin and Obama, to mafia and the mendosa. To brothers and sisters....let's sing....

Hey David, what happened to the Project Peace link on the main page? Fireside has discovered the site, Playing for Change, and I was writing a response and including your site, went to look for the link, and it wasn't there any more! No trouble, I just looked it up on my social networks... but people won't find it without the link : )
They have a new promotional video out...more great music!

Here are two of the newest Playing for Change videos Bono makes an appearance....... Great music to inspire and spread the word of peace. Visit Project Peace to see what you can do in your own classroom....



Well you better listen my sister's and brothers,
'cause if you do you can hear
there are voices still calling across the years.
And they're all crying across the ocean,
and they're cryin across the land,
and they will till we all come to understand.
None of us are free.
None of us are free.
None of us are free, if one of us are chained.
None of us are free.
And there are people still in darkness,
and they just can't see the light.
If you don't say it's wrong then that says it right.
We got try to feel for each other, let our brother's know that we care.
Got to get the message, send it out loud and clear.

(Chorus)

It's a simple truth we all need, just to hear and to see.
None of us are free, one of us is chained.
None of us are free.
now I swear your salvation isn't too hard too find,
None of us can find it on our own.
We've got to join together in sprirt, heart and mind.
So that every soul who's suffering will know they're not alone.

(Chorus)

If you just look around you,
your gonna see what I say.
Cause the world is getting smaller each passing day.
Now it's time to start making changes,
and it's time for us all to realize,
that the truth is shining real bright right before our eyes.

(Chorus and Fade)
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Thanks David for reviving this discussion. Besides keeping up with Playing for Change news, it's a good repository for our protest songs
Ellen,

That is one "cool" song....man o man. Gives me the chills. They definitely are playing not just for change but for keeps. Thx. Got me in a good mood this morning :)

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