|Michael Kotur sings the blues|
Just about a year ago, we met with Kathleen and Jean at Cityfolk to talk about the creation of “Playing for Change, Dayton.” They had gotten a green light from Playing for Change co-founder Mark Johnson and they asked us to help them produce a regional version which would demonstrate the diversity of musical genres & cultures in the Dayton area, while keeping with the mission of Playing for Change - “connecting the world through music.” As we have long listened to and loved world music, we were thrilled to be asked.
Briefly, the process is that everyone plays their own interpretation of a single song and the performances are edited together. The song we chose is “Where There is Love,” which our own ensemble Puzzle of Light has been performing for years. The lyric is simple:
Where there is love, let love be:
Where there is hate, let love grow.
|Sandy Bashaw with Jay Martinez, preparing for|
a take out in front of EbonNia Gallery.
|Ray Roach & Michael Bashaw at SunWatch.|
"Playing for Change, Dayton" has been recorded with great love and care, and the end product is going to clearly demonstrate the breadth and diversity of art and music in our great little town. Visit the Culture Builds Community Mosaic City tent at the Cityfolk Festival to see it for yourself on Saturday and Sunday. Many of the performers who have contributed to "Playing for Change, Dayton" will perform on the Main Stage on Sunday at 1:00 PM.