One Love – Playing for Change

Dec 10 2011

We had our school Christmas concert yesterday, featuring each grade-level singing something in the spirit of the season. My students performed One Love, originally recorded by Bob Marley and the Wailers. The kids had a ukulele section and a pair of solo vocalists for accompaniment, and they did a fine job with it. Curious to see if there was a recording online, I found this version produced by the inspirational Playing for Change organization.

Believing that music is a universal language with the power to bring people from around the world together, the production crew travels with a mobile recording studio to wherever the music takes them. Pure genius.

3 responses so far

  1. Dear Doug,

    Always great to hear new words from you–hope you can keep a sliver of light shining as the sun creeps lower.

    Wonderful video. An interesting thought experiment popped in my mind. What if we could follow the reactions of our amygdalas, our centers of primal fear, as we watch various peoples appear in the video? What would we see?

    Whose would light up the most? The least?

    How many of our disastrous decisions are guided by fear?

  2. Interesting comment, Michael. Thanks. Light and darkness are hard to ignore at the solstice time. Your observation about fear makes me think about its relationship to love. The two are incompatible, and the presence of either one drives the other away. Not surprisingly, this isn’t an original idea.

    There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
    -1 John 4:18

    Or

    The single most important decision any of us will ever make is whether or not to believe the universe is friendly.
    -Albert Einstein

    I also noticed that at the end of the video an array of other songs from Playing for Change were displayed. War/No More Trouble, again by Bob Marley, is worth a listen as well. Peace, love.

  3. I just want to say that I really enjoy your writing. Thoughtful evocative and well said. By the way, where in Alaska are you? Todd