Morning glories, popping in here real quick to share the theme for April’s 10 on the 10th post. New to 10 on the 10th you say? Check out last month’s theme and link-up, here.
April’s 10 on the 10th
We will be sharing 10 favorite quotes, Bible verses or songs. Posts will go live on Friday 04.10.2020. Mark those calendars and start collecting your faves.
I will probably do a combination of the three. A couple of favorite quotes, some special Bible verses that speak to me and wind things up with a song!
Thinking Out Loud Thursday
Joining my friend Penny at Penny’s Passion for her weekly Thinking Out Loud Thursday, post.
iHeart Living Room Concert
Speaking of songs, what was your opinion of the the song fest entitled iHeart Living Room Concert For America hosted by Sir Elton John from his home in Los Angeles? Did you tune in? Apparently, the show was broadcast on Fox TV. And also heard on iHeart Radio in the US. The purpose of the concert featuring Elton John, Billie Eilish, Dave Grohl and Mariah Carey was to raise money for 2 U.S. charities, Feeding America and the First Responder Children’s Foundation.
When I first heard about it, I thought, ‘that’s nice.’ Didn’t plan on watching really so didn’t take note of the time or date. But then on Sunday night, we were channel surfing and came across Mariah singing “Always be my Baby.” Had to stop long enough to listen as I have always liked me some Mariah!
It was kind of cool seeing her wherever she was in her house. And her voice is still lovely, in my opinion. But then we moved on and watched the news.
According to this article on BBC.com: “The amount raised was not immediately revealed, but household goods giant Procter & Gamble gave $500,000 (£400,000), which was matched by Fox.” When I first heard about the concert, I didn’t realize it was a fundraiser so I thought to myself again, ‘that’s nice.’
Yesterday, the Day, not the Song
Never gave the concert another thought til this graphic turned up on my feed. I don’t know Johnny Holzum or Casey Cipriani.
Apparently, Casey Cipriani is an actress. Johnny Holzum is a musician. And I live under a rock.
This post on FB made me think, though. The stars involved in iHeart’s living room concert are extremely wealthy. Instead of serenading their viewing public, which brought them a good deal of limelight and publicity, couldn’t they have each made a donation toward the charities benefiting from their performances? And maybe they did. But if so, why did Fox and Procter & Gamble get the only mention as donors in the BBC article.
I remember years ago, probably at least 15 years ago, Oprah announced that she was going to fund a school for girls in Africa. A lot of people wondered why she didn’t fund a school for girls in the U.S. I imagine I wondered that, too, but felt like it was her money and she could fund a school (or not) wherever she liked.
Then last year, while speaking to the 17th annual Maya Angelou ‘’ Women Who Lead’‘ Luncheon, Winfrey asked how much money had been raised by the event to benefit the United Negro College Fund. She was told “$1,149,950” had been donated to which Oprah pledged to match that figure. [source]
Not sure if Oprah can sing or not. But in my eyes, that’s making a difference.
This young singer‘s Clara Lionel Foundation, named for her grandparents, has focused on health and disaster preparedness since its conception in 2012. Through her foundation, Rihana has just donated $5 million to response efforts against COVID-19. The money will go toward “food banks, the purchase of protective equipment for healthcare and lab workers; establishing (and maintaining) ICUs; distributing respiratory supplies, testing, care and support” in the U.S., the Caribbean and Africa [source].
Now that girl can sing and make a difference. That’s for sure!
We had FarmAid established in 1985 to “raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on the land.” Since its creation, Farm Aid has raised $57 million dollars.
About that same time there was “We are the World,” USA for Africa. Remember that song? USA for Africa has raised more than $100,000,000 to help ease the pain of poverty in Africa and the United States [source].
And before both of those, we had Band Aid, and the Christmas song “Do They Know It’s Christmas? with live concerts earning close to $150 million for the famine relief effort at the time in Ethiopia.
Bottom line, I guess the celebrities’ money is their money. They can do with it what they will. And close to a million dollars was raised by the iHeart Living Room Concert, even if it was donated by its corporate sponsors. That’s nothing to sneeze at. But my man Elton, my comadre Mariah, couldn’t you guys each fork over some matching funds, too?
What do you think about celebrities donating toward fighting Covid-19 or in support of other philanthropies? Did you tune in to watch the concert? If not, you still have an opportunity to do so. While you’re staying home, tune in to FOX on Monday, April 6th at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT [source].
Thanks for stopping by, my friends!! It gets mighty lonely around here these days. PC is at work, and I am home, in the house, with just our kitties and the crickets! Might be a lot more blogging in my near future. Be sure to take note of the next 10 on the 10th installment. Hope to see you then.
Hugs and kisses,