Saturday, 4 June 2011

La Garriga - Things That Make Me Smile.

Hullo ma wee blog,

Sometimes it's nice to get away from a world that often seems to be petty, self obsessed and too narrow minded for it's own good. It raises my spirits to see people do things for others without thought for what's in it for them or do things that simply make their community and therefore the world a better place. I was reminded of that this morning when blogger pal Jono over at e-clecticism posted the newest release from the 'Playing For Change' organisation - a group who I feel fits this concept perfectly simply by showing that music unites us all and by inference that we are the same the world over if we just stop for a moment and realise it. They do this by sending a recording around the world and getting local musicians to add a layer to it as it goes. The results are wonderful.

Unfortunately I couldn't get any sound on the posting, but as I obviously like 'playing for change' I headed through to the youtube version. It's a great version of 'The Rolling Stones' track 'Gimme Shelter'. Another clip there also caught my eye. It's called 'La Garriga is playing for change' and is a wonderful version of one of my favourite songs from old musicals. The intro below the post simply says " La Garriga Is Playing For Change Too  and doesn't pretend to copy the initiative of the organization "Playing For Change", it's just a tribute made with all the resources that we have. We just want to support these idea and talk with the universal language that anyone understands: music."

It continues;

"La Garriga is a little town 35 Km far Barcelona (Catalunya). Maybe we don't have extraordinary cathedrals or fountains or great business buildings, but we have extraordinary people, this video is just a little proof of it. Enjoy it!"

I did enjoy it La Garriga - and you have started my day with a smile.

Thank you.

Listening to


dbs said...

And now you've started my day with a smile too. Thanks.

TwistedScottishBastard said...

Thanks for the music AListair. I'm not too sure about the "Playing for Change". I was soured of the whole idea of musicians "making a difference" with Sting and his Amazonian Indian friend, and Geldof and his Band AId prats.
Loved the La Garriga. Down here in NZ, there's a Māori proverb:
"Ui mai koe ki ahau he aha te mea nui o te ao, Māku e kī atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata!"
which can be translated as:
"Ask me what is the greatest thing in the world, I will reply: It is people, it is people, it is people!"

Antares Cryptos said...

Made me smile, too. Thanks Alistair.
To think that we have the global wealth to change the world's problems, but don't....

Alistair said...

Glad you enjoyed the music and the video gents. I agree with you TSB it's all about the people. I too am skeptical about celebrities with a 'world message' but the people in 'playing for change' just seem to keep quietly doing their thing.

jono said...

Glad you liked it Al. Please tell me you listened to the original "Stand By Me". That still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

Alistair said...

Of course I did Jono - to good to miss. In fact the playing for change link takes you right there.......

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