Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Playing For Change Singers & Musicians Perform Stevie Wonder's Song "Higher Ground" (information, lyrics, video, & comments)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post showcases a video of the song "Higher Ground" performed by singers and musicians associated with the Playing For Change Foundation.

Information about Playing For Change is included in this post along with selected comments from this video's discussion thread are also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Stevie Wonder for composing this song, thanks to all singers and musicians who are featured in this video. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to all those associated with the production of this video.
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"Stevie Wonder - "Higher Ground" (information, lyrics, video, and comments),"
That post contains information about and lyrics for Stevie Wonder's song "Higher Ground".

Playing For Change arose from a common belief that music has the power to connect people regardless of their differences. In 2005, a small group of filmmakers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets. Not only has that dream been realized, it has grown into a global sensation that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world...

When the crew set out, they created a mobile recording studio and went around the world filming musicians in the places where they lived. The sound was then mixed, and although the musicians were never in the same room—or even the same country or continent—they were unified through music with each contributing her or his distinct gifts to the whole. While traveling the world to film and record, the crew got to know the music and people of each community they visited. Those involved wanted to give something back to the musicians who had shared so much with them.

In 2007, the Playing for Change Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Our mission is to create positive change through music and arts education. As one of our students in Nepal stated, “Music is an indispensable part of life -‐ you cannot live without music.” We couldn’t agree more. At the Playing For Change Foundation, we live our lives by this principle and apply it to everything we do."

Higher Ground | Playing For Change | Song Around the World

Playing For Change, Published on Sep 6, 2011

This video is from our second album, "PFC2: Songs Around The World." "Higher Ground" is a song that speaks of the perseverance it takes to reach the higher consciousness. Let's all keep trying together, one heart and one song at a time, until we all reach the Higher Ground.
Selected comments from this video's discussion thread (with numbers added for referencing purposes only)
1. Gill T, 2014
"One People!"

2. noel cruz, 2014
"If there is one thing that is truly consistent in this world, it's that people like to groove."

3. MissDistarr60, 2016
"I have been sitting here listening to what I consider to be one of the most incredible pieces of music I've heard. Then I pondered on how many times in a row I would end up listening too it because I couldn't stop replaying. Much respect to those involved in the creation of this music and the idea and inspiration of this project. Outstanding and thank you."

4. MissDistarr60, 2016
"The recording of this amazing song blows me away each and every time I listen to it. Thank you PFC. Keep up the brilliant and very meaning full work. You help make our whispers into a loud and united voice and we need all the help we can get if we want to make a change. Thank you once again!"

5. Trellompatzanakisa8, 2016
"Sleepers, just stop sleeping, cause it won't be too long............ Absolutely amazing tune!"
This is a line from the lyrics for Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground". Click the link for the pancocojams post given above for this song to find the complete lyrics.

"Sleepers...stop sleeping" refers to being "conscious" and alert to social issues, as per the contemporary "Stay woke!" movement.

6. SmokinJoe347, 2016
"People that don't play don't really appreciate just how good these Musicians are, they are countries apart/don't know each other/play differing styles but still come together like they're in the same studio and as a musician myself I have to say, darned impressive. They are "Tighter" than some bands that are together all the time and the music say's it all really......"

7. Tee Bee, 2017
"ADDICTIVE, I've become a huge fan of Playing for Change. I can't stop viewing you guys' work. Keep it up! Great stuff."

8. Playing For Change, 2017
"Thank you so much for the encouragement!"

9. JRC 71, 2017
"You guys' make awesome music. Keep on!"

10. Suze Dunmow, 2017
"Such fabulous music.... Playing For Change.... brings a smile when I feel so down about the human race...."

11. le chat, 2017
"Suze Dummow - Yes, it gives hope."

12. Darla Brown, 2017
"Awesome! Clarence Bekker has a beautiful voice"

13. Flierman, 2017
"Wow great song, great funky!"

14. Will Webster, 2017
"to be fair whoever edited these clips to make a vid needs a medal - man alive thats some skills"

15. pancho villa, 2017
"Amazing how they put this together 🤔"

16. Brian Kingsman, 2017
"playing for change , simply some of the best MUSIC I have seen and heard , so much talent in everything you guys and gals do"

17. Darcy Cropp< 2018
"Darla Brown and powerful! See how far back from the mic he stands for Stand by Me"

18. Ron Carpenter, 2018
"To the person who did the mixing: You are a genius. I hope your work becomes available on cd, better yet video, if it hasn't already."

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