Jun 18, 2018
Last week, we had the pleasure of joining our new sponsor,
TIAA Bank in Vail
Colorado for the GoPro Mountain Games.
It was an incredible weekend all around. We did some trail
running, mud running, yoga and climbing. We got to watch whitewater
kayaking, slackline and even doggie long jumping!
By far, though, the highlight for me was getting to hang with
one of our favorite bands, Playing for Change.
Playing for Change is an incredible organization that aims to
bring people together through music.
They produce truly
incredible videos, weaving together people, all over the world,
performing some of our favorite songs. Below are videos from some
of my favorite.
I first found Playing for Change about five years ago when I
stumbled upon their performance of Gimme Shelter on
YouTube. From there, I was quickly down the rabbit hole into all
their other videos as well.
Then a few months later, I met their founder Whitney Kroenke at
a conference. Turns out she and I went to college together
and had some mutual friends. So we connected the dots and have
become friendly ourselves over the years.
So, when I saw that they were performing in Vail last week, I
was really excited. I went to the show on Friday night and saw
Whitney's co-founder, Mark Johnson, who invited me backstage to
meet the band. (I've never been that cool before!) He
also invited me to meet them on Saturday as they played a few
performances around Vail Village to promote their show that
So, this podcast is basically my Saturday hanging with Playing
for Change. Here's the setlist:
- Intro: Three Little Birds (at the top of the Vail
Gondola, a bit out of order)
- Jam Session at the Base of the Mountain
- Interview with PFC Co-Founder, Mark Johnson
- Gondola Ride with Jason Tamba (Democratic Republic of Congo)
and Pablo Correa (Colombia) (video below)
- Stories of Me with Chance Powell
Emelise (a 12 year-old girl playing in Vail Village)
- Saturday Night Live (two songs from their Saturday Night
- Shakedown Jam Session
This was one of the most fun days I've ever had. Here are some
half-baked thoughts I've had since meditating on the
- What unites us is stronger than what divides us.
- The diversity in the band– which you'll hear in their
individual performances– is what makes them so awesome
- The power of Chance. It was purely chance that I discovered PFC
so many years ago. And purely chance that I met Whitney at that
conference. And purely chance that TIAA Bank discovered us
and invited us to share such an incredible weekend with them.
And purely chance that PFC would be there in Vail that same
weekend. I'm grateful for how all those chances came together
into one of the most memorable experiences in my life. And
it's not lost on me that one of the band members' name is
“Chance”. You'll get to meet Chance in the podcast, hear his
incredible talent, and also two takes on his story– about how
chance played a role in his own life too.
- It's also not lost on me that I had this experience at Vail–
one of the most visually beautiful places in the world– during the
GoPro Mountain Games– some of the most visually spectacular events
in the world. Yet, with all the beauty there was to see, the
most beautiful part of my weekend is what I heard.
- I'm dedicating this podcast to my 21 month-old son, Max.
Max LOVES music– and loves PFC. I let him watch their YouTube
videos all the time. He becomes entranced, dances and even
shouts “Yay” at the end of the songs. Max also loves to play
the drums and guitar. And whether or not he ever develops any
talent (not a strong gene pool there), I do hope he keeps his love
of music. And I hope that, thanks to the work of PFC and
other organizations like them, he grows up in a more tolerant, just
and peaceful world.
Huge thanks to Mark and the band for making me feel so welcome
last weekend. #EveryMileMatters
Here are some videos I took during the weekend, the videos
referenced in the podcast, and a few others that I really like:
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