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.
After a few years with only a few posts, I’m going to take a run at getting Music Now & Then back up and running. I know all three of my followers out there are jumping for joy!
March 2020 will unfortunately be remembered as the month so many of us around the world shut ourselves in to protect not only ourselves, but our families, our friends and our fellow citizens of this incredibly small planet from the ravages of the alien COVID 19. With new and old forms of entertainment and diversion part of the formula for keeping sane, I humbly offer my small contributions.
With so much rapid fire information – none of it good – assaulting us at this time, let’s burrow into a vein of tranquil sound to transport us to somewhere soothing and calm. Morcheeba was formed 25 years ago by vocalist Skye Edwards and brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey. During a seven year run they released four studio albums. The third, Fragments of Freedom, included “The Sea”. Relax, maybe sip a drink, and let this one wash over you.
Now go one notch mellower with “Sao Paolo” from their fourth album, Charango.
After a decade of breakups and reunions, Skye Edwards and Ross Godfrey are once agin releasing music and touring as Morcheeba. Here is the first track from their latest album, 2018’s Blaze Away.