Sunday, November 10, 2013

30 Songs in 30 Days, Day 29 - A song from your childhood


1985.

It was my last year in Germany.

I know now, of course, that my knowledge of music at the time was severely limited. But back then, that's just the way it was.

We had one American TV station - the AAFES channel. I wasn't allowed to listen to the radio. The only music I had, in fact, were the Dolly Parton tapes my grandma sent me from the states.

My brother had records in his room, and when he was gone I would sneak in there and listen to them. Lionel Richie, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, KISS, REO Speedwagon, Prince...I had no idea who any of these people were, but I liked them. 

Well, I liked what little I could listen to, in the very short period of time I was home alone every day.

Then, USA for Africa released the "We Are The World" single and video. 

Surprisingly enough, I was permitted to own a copy of the cassette, AND watch the video.

My parents played the video for me over and over, telling me who the different people were, acting surprised when I had no idea.

Really?

Anyway, I love this song. I can identify all the voices now. And, best of all, the song raised $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US.