Anyone who follows me knows Playing for Change is a movement close to my heart. Whenever the world gets me down, listening to this video smooths jagged edges of discontent. Sit back, crank it up, and smile knowing change and possibilities are attainable….
Feeling rather mellow, deciding Playing For Change hadn’t graced this page in a while, I went on a PFC hunt. What started as needing a Grandpa Elliot or Clarence Bekker fix, turned into a Keith Richards moment. Playing For Change is like that, you never know how it’s going to hit you.
This PFC video might have passed unnoticed – then I spotted Richards. Not your Rolling Stones Richards, or some old rocker clinging to former glory – simply a 70 year old man happy to sing along. His face, exquisitely carved – a face that exuded joy, one making no apologies for ravages of time or unflattering profile. Mesmerized I studied his hands, let my eyes linger on the crevices and folds supporting his masterful visage.
Ponder the face of old age – Keith Richards reminded me how beautiful it can be. Youth serves a purpose – how we conduct ourselves once that fades is the true test of our mettle.
It isn’t often I hit a ponder wall – tonight is one of those rare occasions. With three works in progress, each one grumpier than the last – I give up. Time for some Clarence Bekker of Playing For Change to sooth my ruffled feathers.
Far too long since Playing For Change took center stage in my thoughts, a timely reminder of their message seemed appropriate this evening. A movement to unite people through music, provide safe havens with music schools in third world countries, and make all of us smile with hope for a better tomorrow.
Far too much time has passed since I pondered Playing For Change. Clarence Bekker of PFC fronts yet another version of What’s Up – Sunday night medicine for all that ails you. Take a moment to click on the following link, Playing For Change is a movement making a real difference.
Despite the fact I couldn’t carry a tune to save my life, I secretly dreamed of being a “do-wap” girl. To be honest I thought life should be a musical. Certain there was a tune for any situation – I would imagine city streets erupting into song and dance. Maybe I was having a bad day or bored out of my mind; I can’t say for sure, it was a long time ago. The point is – music made everything right – even if it was only in my head.
Watch the little girl in the video; not a care in the world, allowing herself to taken away by music. Music is primal, powerful, and liberating. The world would be a better place if we all just let our hair down and gave into it. Playing For Change is trying to spread that message – go ahead, let down your guard and dance, The world might seem a bit easier to take – and for anyone with 13 minutes to spare, click on the link below – Clarence Bekker kicks ass.