Dave Grohl launches ‘Play’ mini documentary

Video and interactive experience is now live

Play, Dave Grohl’s two part mini-documentary, is now live. The 30 minute film celebrates the rewards and challenges of dedicating one’s life to playing music. Part one opens with narrated behind the scenes discussion of the love of playing music and the lifelong relationship with an instrument — as well as the process and challenges of recording and filming this unique performance: The Play film then segues to the titular 23-minute, one-man-band instrumental recording on which Grohl plays all seven instruments on the track, all live. The entire song was played by Grohl, each time on a different instrument, live all the way through for 23 minutes. If Grohl made a mistake, he started over, no matter how far he was into recording that track.

Fans can visit play.roswellfilms.com for an interactive Play experience. Explore Play by choosing which audio and video they’d like to experience. Hover over “Choose Video” and click to select to view only one instrument. Once fans do that, they can also hover over “Choose Audio” to listen to the isolated track of the instrument they are watching or the complete master audio. Fans can go back to the complete master performance video, or toggle between individual instruments and audio at any time. Download sheet music and find a growing directory of organizations who support music education.

The challenges Grohl created for himself in creating the track mirror those taken on by music students every day: The obstacles they face in their daily efforts to elevate and improve their abilities are no different than those faced by a world class stadium rocker — both are striving for the same goals. This shared quest gave Play its mission to inspire and promote music education: The film is intercut with young musicians from the Join The Band music school in the San Fernando Valley practicing their craft, working relentlessly to get it right, and always coming back to the conclusion that, in Grohl’s words, “‘just like any kid, the reward is just to play.”

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.