Sunday, February 14, 2010
As previously reported, the updated "We Are The World" for Haiti is out. Apart from the rap bit, which I can tolerate but do not like, I think it holds up pretty well against the original from my youth. The main difference being that I recognize all of the original dudes, and almost none of the new ones. Oh well. Enjoy them both.
I saw it on the Olympic telecast yesterday. I treated it like a commercial, and would have fast-forwarded it if I could. I thought the "new" version was pretty stale, and just a bunch of rich musicians and has been musicians. Streisand really made me want to puke.
Lets see how much money they raise.
Here's an idea: Apple should add $.05 to every down load for a year and donate the proceeds to a Haiti relief fund. After the year, they can reduce the price by $.04, win-win.
PJ O'Rourke on the original version:
We are the world [solipsism],
we are the children [average age near forty]
We are the ones to make a brighter day [unproven]
So let's start giving [logical inference supplied without argument]
There's a choice we're making [true as far as it goes]
We're saving our own lives [absurd]
It's true we'll make a better day [see line 2 above]
Just you and me [statistically unlikely]
That's three palpable untruths, two dubious assertions, nine uses of a first-person pronoun, not a single reference to trouble or anybody in it and no facts.