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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 "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." so opens the first video track of the DVD included in the package Playing for Change: Songs Around the World, part of the multimedia project Playing for change: Peace Through Music. roger ridley plays the acoustic guitar and begins to sing his introduction to the famous song "stand by Me," written by Jerry Leiber and Mike stoller and popularized by Ben E. King, next to a busy sidewalk in santa Monica, california. At the opening lyric of the original version--"When the night has come"--Grandpa Elliott, a street musician in New Orleans, fills the screen, matching ridley'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 closeness not only to each other, but to the audience as well. Warm colors play on the screen, underscoring this immediacy:1 we vividly see the bright pink on ridley's 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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LILy E. HIrscH "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." so opens the first video track of the DVD included in the package Playing for Change: Songs Around the World, part of the multimedia project Playing for change: Peace Through Music. roger ridley plays the acoustic guitar and begins to sing his introduction to the famous song "stand by Me," written by Jerry Leiber and Mike stoller and popularized by Ben E. King, next to a busy sidewalk in santa Monica, california. At the opening lyric of the original version--"When the night has come"--Grandpa Elliott, a street musician in New Orleans, fills the screen, matching ridley'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 closeness not only to each other, but to the audience as well. Warm colors play on the screen, underscoring this immediacy:1 we vividly see the bright pink on ridley's

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Aug 20, 2010

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