I’ve been really struck by Playing for Change. Obviously I love the music, and the use of technology is extraordinary. As a complete distraction, it slightly reminds me of Dan Rider’s awesome Dr Who theme on YouTube.

Anyway, back to the point – here’s a song that’s been recorded over 4 years (or something) and 3 continents, with something like 35 street musicians – who have never met one another. It’s a single tune woven together over time and space (oo there’s Dr Who again) in a coherent whole, and only the final contributer gets to hear how their contribution fits into the overall whole; and possibly not even that person depending on what’s being played in the headphones.

Some of the contributers play a huge part (Roger Ridley). Some play more minor roles (Washboard Chas). But all have a unique offering they bring. Some take part as a big group, other as individuals. Some instruments you expect (drum set, bass), others more surprising (sitar, tabla). Even different languages working to the same tune and harmony.

Each person’s contribution is blind (as I’ve said above), but co-ordinated by a person who has a grand vision and can see the whole picture, and whispers instructions in their ears that direct their natural ability and talent.

Each person plays their part, trusting in how the producer will take their offering and work it into the whole. They are working in unity to achieve a common goal. Furthermore, the motivation is to break down barriers, and promote peace, understanding, and social change.

Doesn’t the above kinda remind you of the (worldwide) Church at its best? Substitute the producer for the Holy Spirit, and you’re there. I find that a breath-taking picture. In fact, when I listened to One World earlier with my son on my lap, it moved me almost to tears (but I do get a bit emotional when I’m tired, I know!!)

In case you missed it, here’s One World and Stand by Me again: