Ninety percent of the emails my father-in-law sends me are odd, chain emails, which don’t hold weight against my slammed inbox. Yet, amidst damn near a hundred submissions from up & coming artists fighting for attention, there won’t be many that have the musical chops to stand up against what pops sent through recently – a Playing For Change cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”
This isn’t just some random cover. Playing For Change is a website that brings together various artists from across the world and all walks of life, for the sole purpose of recreating one song that represents something positive. Connecting people via music, before, after and during the process. That’s a beautiful thing.
In this video specifically, there are nine artists who contributed separate videos of themselves playing Stevie’s Innervisions classic – ranging from Tokyo and Rio di Janeiro to Amsterdam and Detroit – which all got chopped up into the single clip you see above. The result is pure magic.
Once you’ve wrapped your mind around how fresh this concept is and run the video back a few times, support the Playing For Change movement and check out of their other international collaborations.