Watch Ringo Starr Put Kids in the Spotlight of His Inspirational New Video for “Let’s Change the World”

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“Let’s change the world/A day at a time ’til we get it down,” sings Ringo Starr in the chorus of “Let’s Change the World,” the opening track from the Beatles icon‘s new EP, which was released on Sept. 24.

As has been the focal point of much of Starr’s post-Beatles musical career, it’s a joyous, uplifting track penned by Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams of Toto and Ringo’s All-Starr Band. On Tuesday, a new music video for the track was premiered, and it visualizes the unity expressed in the song’s hopeful lyrics.

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The clip features Ringo backed by a bunch of enthusiastic young people, dancing around his Peace Sculpture in Beverly Hills Park and exuding as much positivity as you could imagine in a four-minute music video, set to clips of certain problems around the world — social unrest, wildfires and the like — with the ultimate goal being one of motivation and unity, a call for us all to band together and improve our world.

Lukather also shows up for a ripping guitar solo:

Per a news release, the video was created in collaboration with Kids In The Spotlight, a nonprofit that provides a platform for foster care youth to tell their stories through film. These underserved youth write, cast, and star in their own short films, and the experiences help them to heal and grow, as well as to prepare and lay the groundwork for future employment opportunities.

“Let’s Change The World! I wanted to make this video with kids because they are our future and this is for them. They deserve clean water and fresh air. I believe we should leave this planet in better shape than we found it for our kids, and right now we are not doing that. Half the world is on fire and the other half is under water. We have got to change, and I believe we can. Peace and love, Ringo.”

“These kids were so great to work with,” added Ringo. “I loved the way they jumped in and I think it turned out great. I want to thank each and every one of them for being so peace and loving and giving their all.”

As for how the kids became involved in the production:

KITS was the perfect organization to partner with to fulfill Ringo’s vision for the video. The kids were involved in the entire process, including a zoom meeting with Ringo where they discussed the concept and shared some of their ideas, such as using a huge screen displaying images, fire-fighters putting out fires, smoke machines, and showing how this video could become an anthem of acceptance and fighting the effects of global warming. On the shoot days, which took place in Los Angeles on location by Starr’s Peace Sculpture in Beverly Hills Park, and at the Standard Vision Studios in Glendale, they were able to shadow and assist in all areas including directing, lighting, choreography and photography.

“The collaborative effort between Kids In The Spotlight and Ringo Starr to create the music video for “Let’s Change The World,” is a perfect example of the opportunities our organization strives to bring youth in foster care year round,” said KITS Executive Director, Tige Charity. “The experience our youth had in bringing Ringo Starr’s positive message to life through film and music is a memory they will have forever.”

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