I grew up in the eighties. Unlike some, I really loved that decade, especially the music. I still love it. One song in particular takes me waaaayyy back, and makes me happy...moves me even.
There was a video of the song, taped during the
recording session, that played on MTV over and over (back when MTV
played strictly videos and was hosted by V-jays), now you can see it here on YouTube.
Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Hall and Oates, Duran Duran, Bono, Michael
Jackson, Bruce Springsteen,Paul Simon,Kenny Rogers,Billy Joel, Tina
Turner, Willie Nelson...and on and on and on...
trend to help Africa continued in the summer of 1985 with Live Aid...a
completely different scene, a global effort to have live performances
coincide all over the world to help end hunger in Ethiopia. That was
the first time I cried watching Bono and U2 onstage (wouldn't be the
last)...to this day my favorite band of all time.
was just something about growing up with all of that music on a
mission. Not only were we in love with our rock stars, but they made us
care about more than big hair and leg warmers. They opened up our eyes
to the rest of the world.
I didn't expect to be emotional. I knew
the song was coming, had heard bits of it during rehearsal. This was
the first time, though, I had ever heard Sam sing it, seen him sing it, especially while wearing his USA for Africa tee shirt. I get misty just thinking about it.
mixture of nostalgic sentiment and motherly pride is powerful stuff. I
am so happy my son had the opportunity to learn about the song, learn
what it meant to so many. More than that, it was so nice to have this
very special moment with him, a musical and emotional connection from my
past to his present.
(Cheap Plug: Sam is a member of Saline Varsity Blues. Go to www.salinevarsityblues.com for more info.
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