Quoting from their website, the Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to connecting the world through music by providing resources to musicians and their communities around the world.
"A decade ago a small group of documentary 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 blossomed into a global sensation called Playing For Change, a project including musicians of every level of renown, that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.
While traveling the world filming and recording musicians, the crew became intimately involved with the music and people of each community they visited. Although many of these communities had limited resources and a modest standard of living, the people in them were full of generosity, warmth, and above all they were connected to each other by a common thread: music.
Out of these discoveries, the Playing For Change Foundation was born and made its mission to ensure that anyone with the desire to receive a music education would have the opportunity to do so. The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to the fundamental idea that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music."
Music changed my life. It changes my life every day, it makes me smile, it makes me cry... it is beautiful and terrible and I do not want to think of a life without it.
You can purchase the Playing for Change mp3s from Amazon, or if you prefer a physical cd, they have that too.
I do highly recommend at least watching/listening on Youtube. Seeing the people making the music.. that's a big part of the magic, for me. Just in one song, you see women in India playing the sitar, a girl in Sligo playing the bodhran, a young man in Isreal playing the violin, guitarists in the Congo, drummers in Nepal. I admit, I start crying when I see the gentleman playing what looks like a fishbowl in Nazereth. (and Grandpa Eliot in the French Quarter in New Orleans. I know exactly where he's sitting) It's awesome, in the truest sense of the word.