Wednesday, December 10, 2008

feed the world - let them know it's christmas time

it is now going on nearly 25 years since bob geldoff of the boomtown rats organized the brightest and most popular stars of euro-pop to record a christmas song to illuminate the devestating famines occurring then - and still even now - in africa. i was 17 when the song was released and the supergroup called itself 'band aid' with the proceeds going to hunger relief. since that time there hasn't been a holiday season without the song getting airplay. i've no idea if we could call the song a classic. what amazes me is how many people you'll find, or at least i find, still around making music. the biggest face of the crowd i think is arguably bono whose band, u2, in 3 years time would become one of the biggest in the world. anna and i watched the video again tonight via youtube. it isn't christmas without it. perhaps in the new year with all the shit going down that maybe perhaps maybe pop music can again take up causes. maybe perhaps maybe the need for bling turns into desire for a larger good in all its broad manifestations. but then maybe it's the hippie in me, the inner longhair i've been trying to come to peace with. love is harder than hate and to achieve love takes a hell of a lot of effort. it's worth a shot. because without love we are fucked up.

4 Comments:

At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Ernesto Priego said...

You are not the only one. Check your email...

 
At 7:05 PM, Blogger gina said...

I've always sort of bristled against the line "Do they know it's Christmas time at all?" but that didn't keep me from singing this at a bar at closing time on one karaoke night in Brooklyn....

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Kevin Killian said...

Ricardo, what's up. I had to agree with every word of your post today. The odd thing is I am putting together a new manuscript for my birthday and I can't decide between these 2 titles, "Bitter Sting of Tears" or "The Clanging Chimes of Doom"--which do you think is moire Christmasy? CariƱosos saludos from Kevin K.

 
At 12:01 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

thanks, ernesto.

gina, i've always thought that lined sucked too. too sentimental in its affect and if it is meant to be ironic it simply falls flat. still, it is one helluva a catchy tune.

kevin, both titles work i think but i'd rather have 'the clanging chimes of doom'. i think that's what i'll be singing on my birthday. congratulations on yr new book. and great post at dinh's 'lowerhalf'!

 

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