Playing for Change: Stand by Me

How the Ben E. King tune made a stress-free and peaceful impression on her.


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We all have a song that stays with us—a song that makes an impression on us. Lyrics and rhythm working in harmony to help us, heal us or simply make us feel good in that very moment. Music that makes all the stress and worry surrounding us fall away—if just for a few minutes.

That's what this video did for me. It gave me five and a half feel-good minutes. Not only because it's one of my favorite songs of all time, but because of the mission behind it—bringing the world together through one thing we all understand: music, and one thing we all want to feel: peace.

From the award-winning documentary, Playing For Change: Peace Through Music, comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently.

Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic "Stand by Me," sung (and played) by musicians around the world, adding their part to the song as it traveled the globe.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and share it with others like we did here in the office.

—Megan Cherkezian

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Order the CD/DVD Songs Around The World.

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