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“Playing for Change”: Peace, Universality, and the Street Performer

“Playing for Change”: Peace, Universality, and the Street Performer LILy E. HIrscH “Playing for c hange”: Peace, Universality, and the s treet Performer “This song says, no matter who you are, no matter where you go in your life, at some point you gon’ need somebody to stand by you.” s o opens the first video track of the DVD included in the package Playing for Change: Songs Around the World, part of the multimedia project Play- ing for c hange: Peace Through Music. r oger r idley plays the acoustic guitar and begins to sing his introduction to the famous song “s tand by Me,” written by Jerry Leiber and Mike s toller and popularized by Ben E. King, next to a busy sidewalk in santa Monica, california. At the open- ing lyric of the original version—“When the night has come”—Grandpa Elliott, a street musician in New Orleans, fills the screen, matching rid- ley’s key as he sings over the song’s standard chord progression, with its soothing sonic stability, in front of a large fence. The camera alternates between the two African American singers, closing the geographical gap between them with tight camera angles that highlight their close- ness not only to each other, but to the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

“Playing for Change”: Peace, Universality, and the Street Performer

American Music , Volume 28 (3) – Aug 20, 2010

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University of Illinois Press
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Abstract

LILy E. HIrscH “Playing for c hange”: Peace, Universality, and the s treet Performer “This song says, no matter who you are, no matter where you go in your life, at some point you gon’ need somebody to stand by you.” s o opens the first video track of the DVD included in the package Playing for Change: Songs Around the World, part of the multimedia project Play- ing for c hange: Peace Through Music. r oger r idley plays the acoustic guitar and begins to sing his introduction to the famous song “s tand by Me,” written by Jerry Leiber and Mike s toller and popularized by Ben E. King, next to a busy sidewalk in santa Monica, california. At the open- ing lyric of the original version—“When the night has come”—Grandpa Elliott, a street musician in New Orleans, fills the screen, matching rid- ley’s key as he sings over the song’s standard chord progression, with its soothing sonic stability, in front of a large fence. The camera alternates between the two African American singers, closing the geographical gap between them with tight camera angles that highlight their close- ness not only to each other, but to the

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Aug 20, 2010

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