Listen to the Music, by Tom Johnston (featuring The Doobie Brothers, Ellis Hall, Rajhesh Vaidhya, Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi, Char, and HIRAIDAI)
In music as in life, the things that make us different make us stronger. All the various instruments, tones, perspectives, and cultures in this recording combine to create a new version of this classic Song Around The World.
The idea was born a few years ago during breakfast at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia. Our friend and drummer, Peter Bunetta, introduced me to Tommy Johnston of the Doobie Brothers and we talked about taking “Listen to the Music” around the world. We started the track with an acoustic guitar demo played to a click track and then added bass from Colombia, tablas, and veena from India, and then headed to the Redwood Forest in Northern California to record and film Tommy Johnston live outside. We then recorded and filmed Patrick Simmons and John Mcfee playing along to the track in a park in San Diego. The journey then continued throughout North and South America, Europe, The Middle East, Asia, and Africa. This final version features 30 musicians from 12 countries united through their love of music.
-Mark Johnson, PFC Co-Founder
The Listen to the Music series is our newest body of work comprising 12 new Songs Around The World and featuring Buddy Guy, The Doobie Brothers, Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Jack Johnson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many more. All music in this series was recorded live outside with a mobile studio and features over 200 musicians from 25 different countries.
Listen To The Music album available now! 100% of Playing For Change’s profits from this album will go to the Playing For Change Foundation, helping to support music education across the globe. Listen to the music; change the world!