Ever since he heard some street musicians outside a Subway station move some 200-odd passerbys to tears, Mark Johnson has been thinking up a way to shine more light on the transformative power of music. After ten years, this Grammy winning filmmaker has got something. Something remarkable, actually: bringing together musicians from around the world -- blues singers in a waterlogged New Orleans, chamber groups in Moscow, a South African choir -- to collaborate on songs familiar and new, in the effort to foster a new, greater understanding of our commonality. As part of 'Playing for Change', this is moving remix of the popular 'Stand By Me' performed by more than 100 musicians from Tibet to Zimbabwe!

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  • Diane Cobb

    I love the whole site, and people. It is full of love, passion and stands for what many of us want to see. World Peace. Music is a wonderful way to share with others from the heart and spreading the message of love. :)))

  • Stephen

    So many people from so many different walks of life playing the best version of this song I've ever heard. Individuals playing part in something bigger all for the love of music. Awesome.

  • Gary Levin

    How music connects different cultures with the emotional thread coursing through all of us.

  • Sombat Souphakhot

    Beautiful musicians.

  • Jeffrey

    The passion, the heart flet redition from all the musicians, standing by each other allowing us to witness beautiful harmony and shared purpose. Powerful indeed!

  • Chuck

    The video and the music are wonderful. I have watched this video for several years and I am amazed by the positive impact it has on me. Bless you all.

  • Marie

    The words and the music itself. No judgment, but pure support to be united in a positive way.

  • rosela

    i couldnt watch it the video didnt show up but it sounds amazing

  • Dr. Robb

    Whatever the difference between people is of no consequence. To the spirit, music is the same.

  • Caroline

    Have always love the rythmn and lyrics of this song...the fact that it is being played and sung, so well, by many, all in different parts of the globe at the same time is what moves me to tears...unity, oneness, joy ... YEA! THE WAY LIFE IS MEANT TO BE LIVED! It's on its way...

  • Jan

    Very clever approach to communicating that we are all one in spirit. Jan Eden

  • Esther

    nice music i like it and am inspired .thank you

  • Bill

    Awesome Mark! "If music be the food of love, play on."

  • Al

    Mr.Johnson, as i got ready to leave for my University position here in S.Korea, i checked my emails only to see my sister-in-law from Philly sent me your video.(My home is Long Beach,Ca.) My heart was full to overflowing with tears of joy!!! Thank you for your vision, fortitude and desire to make this world a better place.

  • Better world

    simple music, simply nice!

  • Jim

    So unique So moving So good

  • grace

    it was so fantastic,outstanding work well done, so inspiring. thank you for sharing that.

  • Dave

    I too was very moved by this wonderful rendition by so many fine musicians around the world.Thank you very much fo doing this !

  • Jim

    Mark Johnson hits a home run with this work that shows everyone five minutes of world harmony.

  • Paris Lopez

    Sheer JOY. My heart is experiencing love on a cellular level. Every part of me became enlightened to reach for my higher self. A sence of contribution emerges selflessly to be present for those around me. Thank you for the music and gratitude that emminates from the artists-musicians soul. Namaste Paris Lopez

  • Kathy

    Wonderful and uplifting. Makes our world affairs not seem so bleak.

  • rich

    This brought back many great memories of all the people family and friends I have loved and lost

  • Miriam birch

    It brought chills up my spine and tears to my eyes.

  • Vânia

    Maravilhoso! Wonderful! Lindo trabalho, é disso que o mundo precisa. Coisas tão belas assim

  • Vic

    What a wonderful video and a brilliant beautiful concept. There is peace in music and there is peace through music. Join together. Thank you.

  • Karen

    wow. I was sitting at my computer listening to this song/video and the next thing you know...I turned up the sound and started dancing around the room singing Stand By Me! What a beautiful tribute to great musicians! Keep it up!

  • Kym

    That was a beutiful song. We should have more like those. I used to love the song when I was much younger. Thanks for sharing.

  • Katheryn

    Thank you for your love and vision, and dedication to sharing it with others. I was moved to tears as the images and music moved through me.

  • Ashley

    Love how this unites every musician of those parts of the world no matter how far the are and you can feel that everything fits and it's perfect, I wished all the music was like that, trully beautiful and special I really love it and of course wish to hear more about it. Thanks for posting this great video and the links or maybe I would have never found it and for the great community here, and everywhere, but specially here.

  • Mike Murray

    The POWER of Music!! Awesome!!

  • Yuji

    I was rocking and nodding as I watched the video of what unites as human-spirtual beings...many, many thank yous!

  • MAGGIE

    GREAT!! THANKS....

  • CAROL

    MUSIC IS THE MAGIC.... OH I CAN NOT FIND THE WORDS TO THANK EVERYONE IN THIS VIEDO FOR THE GIFT THEY ALL JUST GAVE ME AND MY FAMILY. WOW...YOU BROUGHT THE JOY OF TEARS TO MY EYES AND THE HOPE OF FUTURE TO MY HEART. AGAIN I THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

  • Lydia V.

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful song to help bring peace among us!!!

  • serge

    Il n'y a aucun adjectif assez puissant pour decrire comme c'est beau. vive la liberté.

  • Teresa

    This is what music should do: Connect us. Lovely song, lovely people.

  • dennis

    what a great and moving video

  • Clayton Landey

    wonderful. beautiful. thank you.

  • Rahul V. Chittella

    BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!:) No other word to describe this!!!:) SIMPLY BRILLIANT!!!!:)

  • Dave Corella

    Mark Johnson,as I sat at work and took a few moments to view this wonderful Video, I wanted you to know you have captured the Heart and Soul of Mankind. I had tears of joy and love running down my face as I watched these marvelous human beings sharing their precious talents worldwide. This demonstrates the Oneness we share, I was moved and grateful to everyone that partakes in this moment. Thank you so much

  • Rick

    Here I was, buzzing around this morning getting the kids off to school, when all of a sudden this email caught me out of the corner of my eye. I am subscribed to many news letters and site so have a tendency to by-pass so much great stuff as you just can't get to all of it. Like I said, this one for some reason, made me hit the "play" button. WHAT PURE JOY to refresh your morning. I can't tell you the lift it gave me watching these incredible musicians from around the world being "mixed" together. This needs to be done "way" more often!! I love how people like you "share" you talents and experiences to Bless others...that "Is" why we are here. YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY... When we share - that is poetry in the prose of life. --Sigmund Freud Blessings to you and what you a doing!

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