In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #25

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Ep. #25: Featuring Chris Pierce on Guitar and Vocals
"Stand By Me"

Ben E. King’s romance with his wife-to-be Betty Nelson inspired him to write a simple love song: “Stand By Me”. What began as a vow shared between husband and wife has become one of the world's most enduring songs of unconditional love and friendship.

Inspired by J.W. Alexander’s spiritual “Stand by Me Father”, “Stand By Me" has roots in Psalm 46:2 and the 1905 gospel song of the same name. Proclaimed one of the most beautiful songs of the 20th century, “Stand By Me" has been performed more than seven million times and sparked more than 400 covers. We hear it in movies, commercials, video games, disaster relief efforts, vocal competitions, at weddings (none more notable than the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) and in recordings by artists like John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Ike and Tina Turner, Otis Redding, David Ruffin, Mickey Gilley, Meatloaf, and even Muhammad Ali and Stephen King.

The intrepid music producer and engineer Mark Johnson recorded one of the most influential versions of "Stand By Me" when he chose the song for a video about his organization Playing For Change, which travels the world to unite and inspire us through music.

Johnson recorded a street performance by the enchanting Roger Ridley at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica and added 30 more artists from around the world—the ultimate example of how a single, powerful song can connect us all. The video has been viewed more than 145 million times and propelled Playing For Change into a global movement that has gone on to build art and music schools for future generations.

Stand by us as 
MUSE/IQUE’s Chris Pierce performs this universal song.

“The song, lyrics, and meaning have always been a place of refuge for me. Any version, any time or place. Singing is like breathing to me. Lifting my voice is my most powerful tool of expression. "I’ve had some truly memorable times making music with Rachael Worby and 
MUSE/IQUE since 2015. It’s wonderful for both myself and the audience to expect the unexpected and flow together through a heart to heart sound exchange.” – Chris Pierce