Music is probably my favorite medicine. If something feels wrong, there's a song to make it better. And it works with kids, too. Calming, peaceful, joyful, cheerful music and lyrics set the tone! Using music in the classroom literaly allowed me to suvive my practicals during my studies in Education. It allowed me to get the kids attention, to bring them together, help them focus around yoga stretches, breathing exercices, guided vizualisations... social, resilience, growth mindset skills and school work. Win. I also get fantastic results for making tidy up a fun dance party, cheer up grumpy ones or relax before nap or bed time.
Songs are just like spells that shape our reality. They become our thoughts, words, actions, moods, habits, temper... Fill your house and classroom with sparkles of love, hope and joy with some Playing For Change medicine: a world peace through music project!
1. Love is All
"This Song Around The World episode shows children across the globe performing “Love Is All.” Turn it up, spread it around and lets make the world a better place one heart and one song at a time… Join the movement!!"
"In 2011, Playing For Change joined forces with the United Nations Population Fund and the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund for UNPF’s 7 Billion Actions campaign. By the end of that year, the world population reached 7 billion, and this global campaign strove to bring awareness to the opportunities and challenges that the population growth would present. 7 billion people means 7 billion hearts, and music has always been the best way to speak to the hearts of the people. We traveled across the globe, put headphones on musicians, added them to the track, and created “United,” which serves as a tangible example of something positive we can all do together as a human race."
3. A Better Place
"Released on International Human Rights Day in 2012, this video was created through a partnership between PFC and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund. We realize that true change for the good of everyone always comes from the hearts of the people, and with music we can unite together to make the world a Better Place."
"In “celebration” of Universal Children’s Day, we are proud to release this Song Around The World featuring children from all across the globe. Children are our hope for the future and it is up to us to pave the way so that their future is bright. Come one, come all and join together to make this world a better place for us and the generations to follow."
5. Don't Worry
"Don’t Worry” is the first original Song Around the World featured by Playing For Change. It was written by Pierre Minetti in Barcelona, Spain and speaks of the unity we all share on this planet. As the song states: “Let’s not worry my brother, in this world we are all the same, we must find peace…” This video features over 20 musicians from 4 continents who had never met in person, but are connected through the message and the music."
6. One Love
"This Song Around the World is in dedication to the love inside each of us. We can achieve far more together as a human race than we ever could apart. One Love."
7. Gimme Shelter
" “Gimme Shelter” expresses the urgency we all face to unite together as a planet, and offers us wisdom with the words “War, children, it’s just a shot away… Love, sister, it’s just a kiss away.” It really is that simple."
8. Higher Ground
"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."
9. Old Me Better
"This song also appears on Keb’ Mo’s new album, “Blues Americana”, and was nominated for a GRAMMY in Best American Roots Performance! Take a few minutes to pause and enjoy the music. It’s all about spreading the joy, so share this with others to brighten their day as well!"
10. Music Is My Ammunition
"This video features Mermans Monsengo, Roberto Luti and some new family members from Cuba and Jamaica including Stephen Marley. Sometimes in music we can find both forgiveness and hope at the exact same time."
11. Talkin' About Revolution
"This week we honor the life and legacy of the great Martin Luther King Jr., a man who gave his life to serve others and fight the injustices of the world. In celebration of his birthday, we’d like to share this intimate performance of Clarence Bekker singing “Talkin’ Bout A Revolution.” We hope this song speaks to your heart and that you carry love and compassion for all of humanity with you each and every day. In the words of MLK himself: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
12. Young People
"Recorded live at their Music is My Ammunition album release concert in Denver, CO, this song is an original written by band member Jason Tamba. Enjoy and spread the music with everyone you meet!"
"This original Song Around the World takes us on a musical journey from Brazil to India. Get ready to smile, dance, and feel the love of the world uniting through the power of music. [...]
Translated Lyrics: I pray to God that men are lost in your footsteps And that dreams awaken these dormant eyes That love overflows and we live in peace [...]
14. What A Wonderful Word
"This video of the song “What A Wonderful World” features Grandpa Elliott with children’s choirs across the globe. In these hard times children and music bring us hope for a better future. Today we celebrate life, and we change the world one heart and one song at a time!!"
15. Stand By Me
"This Ben E. King classic features musicians around the world recorded by the Playing For Change team during their travels. This song continues to remind us that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people."
16. Lean On Me
"The support of our Playing For Change global family just goes to show the amazing impact art can have on people everywhere. Learn more at the link below and join us in sharing all of the art created in this effort to improve children’s health around the world!"
17. Redemption Song
"This video is a version of Redemption Song of Bob Marley with his son Stephen and musicians around the world to sing a song of freedom. In this song there is a feeling of rising above the past and moving forward with love in our hearts and hope in our eyes. Join us on a journey through time and space."
18. Rivers of Babylon
"Originally written and recorded by the Jamaican reggae group, The Melodians, this song was later made popular by the group, Boney M. Enjoy this version filmed live in the desert at Joshua Tree and know that despite of all the darkness, there IS light. Let your hope and faith be stronger than your fear…"
19. War / No More Trouble
"This video from our Songs Around the World album features musicians who have seen and overcome conflict and hatred with love and perseverance. ”We don’t need more trouble, what we need is love.” The spirit of Bob Marley always lives on!"
20. Peace All Over The World
"We had just finished a take of Robert singing “Playing For Change Blues,” a song we created while filming across America, and were beginning to interview him. All of a sudden he started speaking the lyrics to this song… We immediately grabbed another mic for his guitar, plugged it directly into the camera and asked him to perform it for us. Enjoy!"
21. Imagine, John Lennon cover
"This song is the Playing For Change Foundation’s gift to the world. The Playing For Change Foundation feels honored to have the blessing and generous support of Yoko Ono as music lovers around the world join together to launch the Power to the People campaign. The campaign seeks to advance John Lennon’s vision of peace by engaging artists and audiences to contribute to music education programs worldwide. Proceeds raised will help build music schools, support teachers and music programs, purchase instruments, and connect schools for cross-cultural learning and conflict resolution across borders. Music IS the power: Power to the People."
About Playing for Change
"Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.
[...] These musicians come from many different countries and cultures, but through music they speak the same language. [...] We therefore created the Playing For Change Foundation,a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world, and creating hope and inspiration for the future of our planet.No matter who you are or where you come from, we are all united through music.Support this movement by becoming a Member , and together we will make the world a better place."
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You'd like to add songs for peace to this list? Please send me an email through the contact form at the bottom of this page! Keep on believing! Thank you!
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