On October 22, our Hindu friends in our community celebrate Diwali which is the “festival of lights.” Diwali (pronounced “Dee-va-lee”) is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated on the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu calendar and signifies for the Hindus the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.
Enjoy this Diwali song sung by the famous Indian playback singer Anuradha Paudwal called “Om Jai Jagdish Hare.” Diwali Mubarak (Diwali good wishes)!
October is Italian American Heritage Month! Today there are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent in the United States, making them the fifth largest ethnic group. The country was even named after an Italian, the explorer and geographer Amerigo Vespucci.
This week’s song of the week is the jazz standard “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby” as sung by two famous Italian American singers from different generations: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.
This video is in Spanish with English subtitles. Make sure to read them (if you need to)!
During this video, director Luis Szaran says the following:
“Our main goal isn’t to form good musicians, but to form good citizens.”
“That man Nicolas taught us a great lesson. Despite living under dire circumstances, if a person has initiative and is creative, even trash can become an educational tool that could change someone’s life and the lives of others.”
Journal:What effect did this video have on you? How do you think music can form good citizens? Do you think initiative and creativity can change people’s lives? Explain your answers.
I’m a few days late but better late than never. Over the weekend our Muslim friends and neighbors in the community celebrated Eid al-Adha.
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world each year that happens at the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca (birthplace of their Prophet Mohammed). During this time, Muslims give thanks to Allah (Arabic word for God), celebrate the holy day, and wish each other well.
If you have friends that celebrated, one way to wish them well during the holiday is “Eid Saeed!” which translates to “Happy Eid!”
The video below is a famous Bollywood song celebrating Eid called “Mubbarrak Eid Mubbarrak,” features the singers Sonu Nigam, Sneha Pant and Arvinder Singh, and wishes people around the world a happy and blessed Eid.
Playing for Change is a movement founded by Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke that was created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for the project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Watch this first short video made by Mark Johnson as he explains the vision behind the project.
In the video below, Mark and his team recorded street musicians from across the world singing the famous Ben E. King song “Stand by Me” (original below). The track features 35 musicians who never met in person but instead were recorded and then mixed together and edited into the video.
Journal: What do you think? Can music break down boundaries and overcome distances? Can music inspire the world to change for the better? Explain your opinion.
If you are interested in the idea of Playing for Change check out their website and the many other recordings they’ve made at www.playingforchange.com
Here’s the original recording of “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King.