We are the World

I couldn’t help but be astounded by the amount of negative comments on Facebook today about the remake of We are the World. Take it easy haters!!!   I, too, was an 80’s teenager, so the first one was a big deal, and it is to this day, one of my very favorite songs.

It opens with Justin Bieber, who unless you have a preteen daughter, you probably don’t know this kid.  To quote the video director Paul Haggis,  “He has the voice of an angel.  I didn’t know him, and I was taken by surprise.”  He is followed by amazing “now” voices like Jennifer Hudson, Pink, Fergie, and Mary J. Blige.  The kids like Miley, Nick Jonas, and the Bieber phenom add their chops, and there were familiar faces and voices from Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand and Celine Dion.  It was star-studded and in my opinion, a beautiful mixture of so many different styles and talents.  I particularly liked when LL Cool J led a rap with old and new rappers that had my baby dancing in the middle of the living room.

Remakes are rarely as good as the first.  Some are going to say this one sucks.  Some will think it was awesome.  Me, I loved it.  I thought the footage of Haiti was stunning and poignant.  It made me immediately grateful and helped me understand why we need to help them.  We CAN help each other, and help them, too.  We can.

I love that my daughter will now be singing a song I used to sing, and I hope she, like me, believes in what the song is actually saying.  We can watch the video together, and teach each other who some of these artists are, and what they have contributed to music.

I’d like to think this song is more than a song, a video, and a fundraiser for Haiti.  I would like to think it is a reminder for us to think globally, and not individually about our daily struggle.

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3 Comments

  1. Anissa said,

    February 13, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I had goosebumps then and I had goosebumps now. I loved it for most of the same reasons you mentioned.

  2. Sheila said,

    February 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I never liked the first one, I always thought it was a rip-off of Let Them Know It’s Christmas Time. I liked this one a lot. Maybe I’m just old, and not cool anymore.

  3. kimmy said,

    February 24, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I was totally balling through the whole song!! I love it! I got it on itunes! Thanks for sharing! xo


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