Stand By Me Courtesy Of Take 2, Playing For Change And The Kingdom Choir

It’s Sunday, the Lord’s day of rest. Take a moment to enjoy three versions of my favorite song, Stand By Me. One version reblogged from OSPREYSHIRE’S REALM that inspired this post.  That version is by Take 2, a summer camp for children, 11-15 years old, with mental conditions.  Another version is by Playing For Change and the final one is from the UK Royal Wedding, The Kingdom Choir, from South East England.

OMG! I had chills after listening to all three. Black people can sing!!! We make music!

Stand By Me has special meaning to me because I want someone special to stand by me.

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UK Royal Wedding: Gospel Choir sings “Stand by Me”

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Lyrics for Stand By Me

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
So darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me
If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
Or the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry, no I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand now by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah
And

 

Ospreyshire's Realm

Here’s another video that I took part of recently.

I got to play ukulele alongside my friend Korisa while two teens in the Take 2 Creative Camp (Laron and Jada) got to sing. We all played that timeless classic “Stand By Me”, and they sang while Korisa and I were their backing band. It was a lot of fun performing as I haven’t done music in a while. I even busted out a percussive strumming solo as I used my uke as both a drum and melodic device. Both Laron and Jada are talented singers and I’m honored to have been a part of this project.

Special thanks to YWCA Elgin and Take 2 Creative Camp.

Support Take 2 at http://take2creative.wordpress.com.

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Author: Angela Grant

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