Today I’m going to give you a lesson in music history. In 1985, the world woke up to a song that changed the lives of millions of starving people. The song was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson and called We are the world. It followed closely on the heels of the British hit single for famine relief, Do they know it’s Christmas. But We are the world had more generic lyrics as opposed to its specific Christmas British counterpart.
The song is one of the most compassionate songs ever written, and has since become an anthem for human kindness and countless organisations doing charity work in various parts of the world troubled with human grief. As we know, the music video featured the who’s who of American music at the time and the song itself is one of the few music videos made by the American music artistes for no cost whatsoever. And the song itself went on to raise over $ 63 million dollars in humanitarian aid for various causes.
For me, it remains one of the greatest songs ever written and one of the most uplifting tunes to come out of popular music. Over and above all of that it is also a Michael Jackson song. His heart, soul and sensitivity to the problems of the world resonate in it. I think if he had not written this song, then we might not have ever had a Heal the world, an equally poignant and uplifting song. So today dig out We are the world and give it a few spins in memory of all those afflicted by human ignorance…if I may say so.