The Coffee Shop – Playing for Change – Everyday People (video)

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From Playing for Change:

We are proud and honored to share this video, produced by Playing For Change in partnership with Turnaround Arts, the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. On Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, Turnaround Artist students and their Turnaround Artist mentors premiered this video as they gathered at the White House to celebrate the power of arts and music education during the Turnaround Arts White House Talent Show.

Thousands of Turnaround Arts students from across the country perform alongside Turnaround Artist mentors including Jack Johnson, Chad Smith, Jason Mraz, Elizabeth Banks, Tim Robbins, Yo-Yo Ma, Keb’ Mo’, Josh Groban, Bernie Williams, Misty Copeland, Paula Abdul, Trombone Shorty, Alfre Woodard, Citizen Cope, Doc Shaw, Frank Gehry, John Lloyd Young, Carla Dirlikov and more. Join students and their artist mentors as they sing, play and dance to Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” making the case that all people deserve to experience the power of arts and music in school.

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~ from the description of the video at Playing for Change


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3 Responses to The Coffee Shop – Playing for Change – Everyday People (video)

  1. wordcloud9 says:

    Thanks for the great wake-up music

  2. Love the Playing for Change project. The productions they manage to stitch together from some of the most gifted musicians from around the world is breathtaking. They released a newer version of Lean on Me earlier this year.

    From the notes:

    We’re proud to present a brand new Song Around The World, “Lean On Me,” for The Art of Saving a Life campaign! The support of our Playing For Change global family just goes to show the amazing impact art can have on people everywhere. Enjoy this video and join us in sharing all of the art created in this effort to improve children’s health around the world!

    About The Art of Saving a Life:
    Despite great progress, one in five children today do not have access to the life-saving vaccines they need. The Art of Saving a Life, a project commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a collection of stories about how vaccines continue to change the course of history. It offers an opportunity to hear, see and feel the tremendous impact of immunization, and to energize us in the global effort to protect every child from life-threatening disease. These stories are told by more than 30 world-renowned photographers, painters, sculptors, writers, filmmakers, and musicians to impress urgency on the global community to reach all children with the life-saving vaccines they need. Visit to learn more!

  3. Thank you, Chuck! This series shows that ultimately, we are all singing the same song. Here’s another fave (click thru if it doesn’t embed):

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