Feed Good Tuesday Video – Stand By Me

Tuesday is normally the seconds worst day of the week after Monday. But I got the cure for those Tuesday blues with an awesome remix of Ben E. King’s classic, Stand By Me. The video was produced by Playing For Change and I got tell ya, if it doesn’t bring a tear to you eyes, then you are one heartless bastard.

This cover of Stand By Me was recorded by completely unknown artists in a street virtual studio all around the world. It all started with a base track—vocals and guitar—recorded on the streets of Santa Monica, California, by a street musician called Roger Ridley. The base track was then taken to New Orleans, Louisiana, where Grandpa Ellitott—a blind singer from the French Quarter—added vocals and harmonica while listening to Ridley’s base track on headphones. In the same city, Washboard Chaz’s added some metal percussion to it.

And from there, it just gets rock ‘n’ rolling bananas: The producers took the resulting mix all through Europe, Africa, and South America, adding new tracks with multiple instruments and vocals that were assembled in the final version you are seeing in this video.

Don’t you just love technology? All this was done with just a simple laptop, a camcorder and few microphones. Enjoy the video and look on the bright side. It’s only three more days until the weekend! At least that’s what rat racers tell me.

Source: Gizmodo

23 thoughts on “Feed Good Tuesday Video – Stand By Me”

  1. One of the best songs ever. This was a really great rendition in my opinion. Great post JC!

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  2. Thanks a lot for bringing this song and video to our attention!


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  3. John,
    Great song, and cheered me up, I’m still not making any money…

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    1. Melody says:

      *hums along to song..*

      Nicholas, you should post some video using the flip mino soon..:)

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  4. Jake Stone says:

    Just doesn’t work for me, but I don’t think I’m heartless. Bastard? Well, maybe.

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  5. Akmal Wardak says:

    I don’t get what is so emotional about this video…

  6. Benjamin Cip says:

    What a refreshing catchy remix! It didn’t make me cry though… Thanks for sharing John!

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  7. wisdom says:

    very good clip thanks for the share john

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  8. Luke says:

    I just saw this on Gizmodo. Awesome!


  9. J. Money says:

    That is bad ass. Nice find – totally retweeting that bad boy. (that never sounds quite right when i say that…)

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  10. I’m not digging the remix so much. Thanks for sharing though, John.

  11. Awesome Song John ..!!

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  12. Great song, I really love it

  13. Thanks for that song JC. It bring us back to whats important in life that we often take for granted….people. Everyone needs someone to stand by them.

  14. Nice to see something out of the norm thrown in the mix.

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  15. fas says:

    Its better to love what you do, otherwise it feels quite pinchy.

  16. This is real awesome technology. They are real professional in Video and audio editing. Great song. It makes me to remember the movie “Stand By Me”

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  17. Zen says:

    You like this kind of music ? Nice kind ,thanks for share

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    1. Michael Zhao says:

      What kind of question is that!? Obviously he does other wise he wouldn’t have posted it! Great music is great music, does not matter the genre or culture is comes from.

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  18. Ryan says:

    This is a great Video clip. Thanks for the background info. I was looking for the story behind that video. The first ime I heard the remix of Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole singing “Unforgettable” I knew technology was going to give us some great things.

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  19. Michael Zhao says:

    That’s pretty cool man…good talent!

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  20. So this is a new series from you. Sorry but I am looking at this first time …

    Certainly good one.

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  21. Caden Grant says:

    Cool video 🙂 I love Stand By Me.

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