The Horn's Dilemma
Genoways, Ted, The Virginia Quarterly Review
In spring 1985, with everyone's expectant parents sweating and wedged into the auditorium chairs, it was my appointed task to kick off the school's year-end performance by plinking out the opening strains of "We Are the World" on the music teacher's Casio keyboard. My classmates swayed on the risers, meaningfully intoning every line, doing their best to mimic the video we'd all seen a thousand times on MTV. For close to two months, the song had been inescapable - and we all knew the complicated story of its creation.
It began in October 1984, when British rock singer Bob Geldof saw a BBC broadcast on the spreading famine in Ethiopia, in which presenter Michael Buerk described the …
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Publication information: Article title: The Horn's Dilemma. Contributors: Genoways, Ted - Author. Journal title: The Virginia Quarterly Review. Volume: 88. Issue: 1 Publication date: Winter 2012. Page number: 1+. © University of Virginia Winter 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.