Fifteen years ago Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke began filming and recording musicians around the world, mixing down their performances into what has become a decade’s worth of joyous covers. Several zillion YouTube views, a few compilation albums and several live concerts later, I’ve finally caught on to Playing for Change. Though clearly not conceived as an exercise in collaborating while social distancing, find some inspiration!
First up is a recent production of “The Weight”, featuring The Band’s own Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr, and a bunch of artists I’ll be researching for weeks.
Next is the exquisite Bob Marley track, “Redemption Song”. PfC even edited in some original Bob Marley footage.
I’ll close out with “What’s Goin’ On”, one of those songs we just need at this time. But if you’re totally digging these videos, check out what might be the first in the series, the sunny “Chanda Mama”, and a song that surprisingly always makes for great covers “Gimme Shelter“.