When You’re Weary …

18 Oct

I received the following press release today:

<< Executive producer Sharon Osbourne has announced the Tuesday, October 18 release of a star-studded recording of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” exclusively on iTunes to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina and survivors of December’s devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia. The special song — originally recorded following the tsunami, but unreleased until now — features vocals from Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Gwen Stefani, Ozzy Osbourne, Andrea Bocelli, Steven Tyler, Phil Collins, Katie Melua, Robert Downey, Jr., Pink, Gavin Rossdale, Kelly Osbourne and Scott Weiland, with music performed by Velvet Revolver.

iTunes will forward the song’s entire $.99 download fee to “Save the Children,” which will help fund the long-term rebuilding of the lives of children affected by the natural disasters. Donations made in the U.S. will go directly to the Hurricane Katrina victims, while monies received outside the U.S. will be assigned to the tsunami relief fund. >>

Now, I’m all for charity and the contributions of musicians and singers following tragic events, but, um, couldn’t Sharon Osbourne have picked a better song? Something hopeful, and not depressing or inappropriate given the context? Were all the good songs taken? What about “Bridge Over Troubled Water“?

2 Responses to “When You’re Weary …”

  1. Humma Kavula October 19, 2005 at 4:32 pm #

    How about Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927?” Perhaps it was overplayed during the two weeks of Katrina, but it was played so much because it’s a beautiful song and on-point.”Bridge Over Troubled Water?” You don’t get to choose that just because the word Water is in the title. It’s a fine line between on-point and on-the-nose, I guess. I mean, why not the Scorpions’ “Rock You Like a Hurricane?” All that said, “Tears in Heaven” is a treacly mess of a choice.

  2. Marty October 19, 2005 at 9:15 pm #

    I think Sharon should have picked something from Ozzy’s catalog. “Crazy Train” might have been a fun choice.

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