First up: 25 November 1984, Bob Geldof's Band Aid records Do They Know It's Christmas to raise funds for Ethiopia. (WARNING: tough, tough images.)
Inspired by the UK initiative, the US follows suit: seven weeks later, in January 1985, USA for Africa records We Are The World.
These two songs marked an era. A turning outward of the world's focus... The birth, arguably, of a global social consciousness. Which one do you think does a better job of getting this global-consciousness across? Which one touches you deepest? More pragmatically, which has the best cast, the best music, the best arrangement? Which has a better chance of getting played on your Christmas / year-end playlists? Tell us and cast your vote in the comments!
Like the Band Aid video says at the end, the dying continues—perhaps not in Ethiopia anymore, not at that scale... But we've only to look at Syria, for instance, to see we've done a pretty ugly job of "making the world a better place." And, still, I believe the message of these songs works. If we stand together, if we all do something, no matter how small, the aggregate result is a positive one.
'Tis the season for giving. Whose life will you make a tiny bit better this Christmas?
May you have a Christmas full of goodwill and cheer, and may you spread that cheer to those who have less. Happy holidays, all.
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Thanks as always to Stephen and FAE for keeping the Battle spirit going.