Giving new meaning to the term 'world music'

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Playing for Change is a group of well-meaning folks with apparently a lot of free time and money -- they've traveled the globe recording musicians, mostly street players (thus the pun of the organization's name), playing the same song, the American soul classic "Stand by Me."

The group's stated goal involves a lot of peace, love and understanding through music (because we are the world, we are the children ...). The result certainly makes for a nifty video, in which dozens of performances of the song are edited together as if they're all in one big band together. Which, in a larger sense, of course, they are ...

They've assembled similar videos for other songs, too, including "One Love," "Don't Worry" and Chicago icon Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home."

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