Found this video via Earth eMag (via Sophie Munns). Guess I've watched it at least five times. And actually, I could listen to it on repeat all day long. You really must watch the whole thing once (and then dance to it the second, third, fourth and fifth times!) Jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Herbie Hancock brought together brilliant vocalists and musicians from around the world for The Imagine Project, which includes this fabulous cross-cultural arrangement of John Lennon's classic song. I love watching the faces of the collaborators. Of course, as one might guess, the artists' performances (and faces) are filled with passion, but there's also this sense of deep mutual respect, delight, and perhaps a bit of awe at what they are creating and experiencing together. If ever there were an arrangement and performance of this song that left me feeling hopeful for the world, this studio session is it. So wonderful to know that Herbie was selected as a Kennedy Center Honoree this past September for his significant contribution to American culture.
Enjoy, and for goodness sake, share this wonderfulness!
(P.S.-- If the above video doesn't stream correctly for you, here's the link to watch the video on YouTube. (Or you should be able to click on the YouTube button above.) And apologies, this is the first time I've tried to add a video to my blog.)