Tune for awareness

By: Caitlin Moynihan, Columnist

This past week I decided that I needed some new music in my life, especially after going through my whole iTunes library while snowed in, and was unable to find anything particularly exciting. I ventured off into the swirling black hole that we call the Internet and hoped for the best. My results yielded that there are amazing things happening in the music industry and somehow our favorite artists just get better every time.

The one song that I can’t get out of my head is “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith featuring John Legend. Yes, you read that correctly. John Legend and Sam Smith, aka two of the biggest artists of the year, collaborated to create something truly magical. As if the song wasn’t enough to get the tears flowing, their reasoning behind the song definitely will. Legend and Smith came together for the Comic Relief charity organization, where 100 percent of the profits from the song will go. The music video features the two in the studio while also showing clips of the children and families in Africa that will get supported through Comic Relief, so be prepared to feel all sorts of feels. The only bad thing about it is that the duo will only sing it live for the first and last time on “Comic Relief – Face the Funny” which will air on BBC One on March 13.

God bless that we have YouTube so I can re-watch it every day and cry into my bowl of cereal. After watching the video just once, I felt a need for change in my life. I immediately looked up local organizations that I could volunteer at and wrote a letter to my sponsor child who I haven’t talked to in a while. Comic Relief can cause a chain reaction and if everyone felt the way I did, something huge could happen in Towson’s community.

Although Comic Relief is focused on helping out those who are suffering in third world countries, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t people who need help here. I encourage everyone to look up companies and non-profits that support causes you are passionate about and learn how you can do your part. Whether it’s simply donating money or volunteering your time, a little can go a long way. Our community needs us just as much as we need our community, so let’s go out there and make a difference.

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