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{W} is for We Are the World: #AtoZChallenge

{W} is for We Are the World

“In 1985, the music industry and the world came together in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity in response to the tragic famine wreaking havoc in Africa at the time. The biggest names in music ‘checked their egos at the door’ to create what was and still is a worldwide phenomenon. The recording of the original, We Are The World sold more than 7 million records worldwide. The worldwide sale of that record generated more than $ 60 million which has been used to assist Africa and Africans affected by the famine and other critical issues since 1985. The song became and remains the people’s anthem and continues to be revered and loved globally.”  

~Harry Belafonte (American singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist. One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the “King of Calypso”)

We Are the World was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie (with arrangements by Michael Omartian) and produced by Quincy Jones for the album We Are the World.

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Who else, but, Michael Jackson

This beautiful song of the 80s was my favourite anthem, during my growing up years and remains so till date. It totally took my generation by storm. The lyrics are so meaningful and apply to us even in today’s times when people are warring, terrorism, rapes, brutal killings are rampant. This song is a testimony of the fact that how music can bring together people from all walks of life and can be cause for social change.

“We Are the World 25 for Haiti” was released on February 12, 2010, and was a remake of the 1985 hit song, to raise funds for the devastating Haiti earthquake.

Coming together as one big community like these musicians did, can make a world of difference. Opening our hearts out to the distressed world, and lending our caring hands, in any small way we can; will propel change. Every drop in the ocean counts. WE make the world what it is, no wonder the song is titled We Are the World. When we unite and give a little bit of ourselves for the benefit of others, our world transforms for the better.

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The Calypso King, Harry Belafont

This April when I was painstakingly putting together myriad anecdotes for this fascinating AtoZChallenge, I felt the urge to bring to fore the importance of uniting as one world. And what better way to do so, then to pull out this beautiful song from the archives of my memory lane. It will always be a beautiful reminder for me; to work as one unit, whether be at home, in the community-where I live, in the blogging world, at work, in my Buddhism practise, with my cycling buddies and during my every day course of interactions with people at large. And to continue to give back to this world in small, but extraordinary ways.
After all We Are the World!
Are you with me too?
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My theme for this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge is April Anecdotes. These are twenty-six compelling tales of some real people, and some not so real people. These tales will be surreal, peppered with a dose of non-fiction, but some might just be a figment of my over active imagination. You can read my theme here.

You can read my previous posts from #AtoZChallenge2018 here:

A is for Anachronism or Misplaced in Time?

B is for Burden or Unburden?

C is for Control

D is for Destiny’s Child

E is for Enchantment

F is for Far from the Maddening Crowd 

G is for Goblins, Gnomes and Gypsy Spirits

H is for Heart, Mind and Soul

 

K is for Kiss

L is for Love Conquers All

M is for Mystic’s Magic

N is for Never Say Never

O is for One With Nature

P is for Painted Not Tainted

Q is for Queer and Quirky

R is Reminiscing the Yesteryears

S is for Signs

T is for Thankful for Your Tender Love

U is for Uplifting Our Energy

 

11 thoughts on “{W} is for We Are the World: #AtoZChallenge

  1. Soumya says:

    I love love loveeeeeeeeee this song! It never fails to bring a tear to my eye.

    We are the world. We need to make it a better place. It is all up to us.

  2. Kalpana says:

    The song is brilliant and I’m glad you’ve included it in your April Musings Natasha. Wish all of us could remember the message of the song and stop seeing differences everywhere.

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