We are the unimaginative

According to the CBC article, “We Are the World to be re-recorded for Haiti aid,”

Lionel Ritchie, along with music producer Quincy Jones, is joining a chorus of acts lining up to help Haiti by recording a new version of We Are the World.

The veteran performers announced Friday they would release the song also in honour of the track’s 25th anniversary.

Two thoughts came to mind as I read this.

  • These people make a living on their creativity, and the best they can do is recycle an old song?
  • If they expect people to buy it, they’d do a lot better by offering something new.

For the second time in a week, I’m reminded that there is nothing new under the sun. It’s not only old film story-lines that are presented as something new.

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2 Comments

  1. _don
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 22:56 | Permalink

    As the song goes “we look to the past when the future dries up”.

    I saw a video today for the Toto song “Africa”. Yep, remade by some hood-boy. Funky new beat and changeup of the lyrics still doesn’t change the fact he can’t write his own stuff.

  2. Dee
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 06:42 | Permalink

    I’m not sure you’re right about your second comment. This re-make might prove more lucrative than recording a new song would have been.

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