Playing For Change

Nothing elaborate or in-depth today. Just one of my favorite videos on YouTube from a cool organization; Playing For Change.

Their mission:

playforchangePlaying For Change arose from a common belief that music has the power to connect people regardless of their differences. In 2005, a small group of film makers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets. Not only has that dream been realized, it has grown into a global sensation that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

When the crew set out, they created a mobile recording studio and went around the world filming musicians in the places where they lived. The sound was then mixed, and although the musicians were never in the same room—or even the same country or continent—they were unified through music with each contributing her or his distinct gifts to the whole. While traveling the world to film and record, the crew got to know the music and people of each community they visited. Those involved wanted to give something back to the musicians who had shared so much with them.

In 2007, the Playing for Change Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music.
 Our mission is to create positive change through music and arts education.  As one of our students in Nepal stated, “Music is an indispensable part of life -‐ you cannot live without music.” We couldn’t agree more. At the Playing For Change Foundation, we live our lives by this principle and apply it to everything we do.

(Links include the .org and .com sites)


Photo from Musician Profile: Alidu

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I’m Not Ready For Blog Promotion

This was not a planned blog entry for On The Road With Dave.

BAD2016I received an email today reminding me to participate in Blog Action Day 2016.  The international blogging event is being held on October 16th, 2016 and will focus on #RaiseYourVoice. Blog Action Day is an annual event held since 2007. Each year, a cooperative effort among thousands of bloggers focuses on one issue and participating blogs devote that day’s entries to the issue at hand.

OTRWD participated in 2007, 2008, and 2009.  The issues during those years were Environment, Poverty, and Climate Change.  Since OTRWD is back up and running; I registered to participate in this year’s event.

While at the BAD2016 site, I noticed a listing of “Partners” for the 2014 event.  2 sites grabbed my attention.  BlogUpp and BlogsRelease.

These two sites promise to promote and grow a blog’s audience. Registration is free, and the sites’ guidelines are simple. There seems to be no “trick” in their methods and they are honest in how they work. Looking at some of the blogs that belong to both sites; I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the blogs were “keyword” heavy and possibly (not for sure)  “link-farms” regarding products for sale. A lot of the blogs were endorsing products for pay. That being said; I registered at both.

bloguppBlogUpp has a widget that requires embedding at your own blog, that promises to help other blogs discover your(my) blog.  I added it to my sidebar for about an hour.

It operates much like a Twitter ticker. (Those little widgets that display a feed of your latest “tweets” from Twitter) The BlogUpp Widget displays two boxes that scroll and/or repeat a paid promotion and an unpaid blog member listing.  Clicking on the blog listing takes you to that blog and displays a BlogUpp Toolbar on the site that you can access other member blogs.  My first impression was similar to belonging to the “old-school” webrings.

Frankly, I was annoyed by the widget after only a few minutes and have deleted it from my sidebar.  For me, it just didn’t seem like a good fit.

I’m sure sites like these and other Search Engine Optimization sites work brilliantly for other websites and blogs.  I’m also sure there other blogs out there promoting the hell out of their blogs and making lots of money.

For now though,  On The Road With Dave won’t be one of them.  I’ll just keep writing and whoever stops by can leave a comment and say “Hi”.  I do have a Shop AMAZON link that might provide me with some “small change” every now and then– and I have an Amazon ad that I change personally to books or videos I feel like someone should watch or read.

As far as, “driving traffic” to this little road, I’ll leave that up to the Google gods and readers that want to tell somebody about my site.

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Sunday Thoughts

The-Way-Timmy-Mallet“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny and the map of your future. Trust this side of yourself. It will take you where you need to go but it will also teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey”

–John O’Donohue


Painting by Timmy Mallett

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New Sign At “Comedy This Exit”

ATTRACTIONS22I’m starting a new feature at Comedy This Exit. Local comedians need exposure. So I’ll be conducting interviews of Gulf Coast Comedians who you may not have heard of, but deserve to be heard. The new feature will appear weekly (or bi weekly) on Wednesdays, just in case you are looking for weekend plans.

All entries will run concurrently at Comedy This Exit and On The Road With Dave. Each entry will also be promoted at MY Facebook page and On The Road With Dave’s Facebook page. I will also promote each entry at my Twitter Page and my LinkedIn page.

Comedians wishing to be interviewed via email may contact me on Facebook or they can leave a comment at the Comedy This Exit blog.

On Facebook, after sending me a friend request; you can contact me via a Private Message with your email.  At Comedy This Exit, you can leave a comment and include your email address. I will not approve the comment. By processing the request in this manner, we should reduce the risk of unwanted email SPAM.

I hope this grows into a popular regular feature for Comedy This Exit.

And in keeping with the theme of the blog, think about those roadside traffic signs alerting you to Food, Gas, Lodging and Attractions.

Coming up at Comedy this Exit, look for the ATTRACTIONS sign!

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