On One World

I caught part of the second half of the tv fundraiser One World: Together at Home this past weekend. I read that over a hundred million was raised for virus relief. That’s a good thing.

The young miss was disappointed in some of the stars. Too much talking and not enough of the songs. Elton John and Paul McCartney in particular didn’t seem too engaging. I was talking with a musical friend Sunday morning and we had a laugh over the Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger can still carry a song by himself. I remarked on someone’s beer in the foreground of his shot. The young miss cackled long and hard when I pointed it out, “Drink your beer, Keith.”

My friend’s non-musical wife related how weak some otherwise-superstars were. Some people can’t do it without a band, a sound engineer, a recording studio, and lots of extras. It would be interesting to see how the music-for-money industry would do if we were on stay-at-home for a few years.

That said, I was intrigued by Eddie Vedder and his reed organ. John Legend is a very capable musician. One or two people I didn’t know sounded good. Billie Eilish sang “Sunny.”

Two church friends and I were talking about doing a concert last month. I would have to lean to 99% music, and no or almost no talking. I understand the impulse to promote the WHO, stay-at-home, health care workers, and drum up support donations. But it’s not a concert. It’s like an old-style telethon.

Anybody hear anything good about it?

About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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