Like they can’t help but be happy: The street musicians of Asheville (VIDEO)

“This was a homeschool project done by my 14-year-old daughter, Haley,” writes momofthree28804, who posted this video. “She took a film production class this spring and decided to incorporate her love of music into it. She filmed all of the clips and put the entire movie together.”

In the video, Haley says, “I want take people back in time to that first time in their life, when they’ve ever been swept away by music… I don’t care if there’s ten people in the crowd or ten thousand.”

Artists in the video: Lyric, Big Nasty, Clarence Gallagher and Friends, Blue Cut, Friends With Instruments, The Lost John Bluegrass Band, Abe Linc, Sarah and Secrets

Momofthree28804 writes about her family:

Homeschooling mom to three incredible kids: Haley (15) , Riley (13), and Taige (7 1/2) living a very simple life in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Simplicity-this idea sums up our life. We don’t buy into commercialism, don’t have TV, and by homeschooling we can teach our children how to live off the land by growing our own food and teaching the skills like cooking, gardening, baking, herbal medicine, how to be resourceful and how to live on less in a world that constantly consumes ‘stuff’. Stuff is over rated and ‘stuff’ creates chaos, debt and suffering…none of which contribute to a healthy environment. Just because everyone else does something…or has done something a certain way for a long time does not mean that we have to continue to repeat it. History does not have to repeat itself…we choose to be a part of the change…go against the chaos & commotion.

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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