Music, like mathematics, is a universal language. Music can unite us by connecting the daily rhythms of our common humanity. I have deep oceans of memories painted with music. Music carries me back to every stage of my life from a little boy to today. You can search my blog for more posts about my love of music, such as Refreshed by Music and how that relates to the vibration of the Universe like In the Silence Between. Music brings the world together. Music can move our planet. Today, I would like to share a few international musical collaborations with you.
The other day I read an article about an amazing musical collaboration. The Earth Orchestra “ 197 countries – 197 musicians – 1 Band -1 World”
Trailer for Documentary
Song: Together is Beautiful
The first large international musical collaboration was probably the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh.
That concert introduced me to the great genius Ravi Shankar and the incredible sitar. I have loved Indian music throughout my adult life. I especially love seeing Ravi Shankar playing with his amazing daughter Anoushka Shankar Indian music is so rich and complex, and to think so much of it is improvised is mind-boggling.
In 1984 the musical charity Band Aid released Do They Know It’s Christmas to raise money for the famine in Ethipoia.
In 1985 the charity USA for Africa released We Are the World
On July 13, 1985 Feed the World Live Aid global concert rocked the world with music. One of the highlights was Freddie Mercury and Queen performing before 75,000 people.
1985 was also the first Farm Aid charity concerts for American Farmers, which was held an hour from my old hometown. The lineup for the twelve hour concert was incredible The concerts are still held every year.
Another great international musical collaboration is the group – Playing for Change
According to their YouTube channel, “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”.
One of their collaborations was on the great tune from The Band – The Weight
The lyrics of this song, like any work of art, are open to interpretation. For instance, the songwriter Robbie Robertson said the town Nazareth was Nazareth, Pennsylvania the home of the world-famous Martin Guitars, and not Nazareth the birthplace of Jesus.
Perhaps there can one day be a global charity concert held for world peace – held over the Internet or when possible live in a covid safe way. Let’s move the world with a peaceful beat. Send out positive vibrations of lyrical peace and love into the future.
Leave a comment below about the music that moves you.