The above video and below comment was sent by a young lady who symbolically represents the hope and passion of the YouTube Generation, Ms. Gayle Daniels:
While checking Sen. Barack Obama’s website, I decided to read the caption about the “Yes We Can” song. I’m not too hipped to YouTube so initially I shied away from clicking the arrow to begin the video. But… when I did… I was blown away!!! I wanted to stop in the middle and send the link to my e-mail group because I couldn’t wait to share it. However, at 1:00 a.m., I felt waiting until the end of the video wouldn’t really hurt at that time of the morning!!!!
The song/video reminded me of the “We Are the World” song and video (1985. Wow! I can’t believe it was that long ago.) Just as that song/video raised awareness of famine in Africa, this song/video may speak volumes to the generation it was intended to reach. Not just to vote but that YES WE CAN be a part of the process AND the solution.
Before I sent the e-mail to my list, I searched the web for information and found the following from ABCnews.com: Celebrity-filled music videos have been used to support many social movements, from famine relief for Africa, to support for American farmers, to opposition to apartheid in South Africa.
But rarely have celebrities and musicians banded together to create new music in the heat of a presidential campaign.
The Black Eyed Peas’ frontman, songwriter and producer known as will.i.am, along with director and filmmaker Jesse Dylan, son of another socially active musician, Bob Dylan, released a new song Friday that attempts to do just that.
The music video “Yes We Can” premiered on ABCNewsNow’s “What’s the Buzz” on Friday. It was inspired, will.i.am told ABC’s Alisha Davis, by Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and in particular by the speech he has gave after the New Hampshire primary.
…When word got out about the song, will.i.am and Dylan said people were eager to participate. “I’m blown away by how many people wanted to come and be a part of it in a short amount of time. It was all out of love and hope for change and really representing America and looking at the world,”
Dylan and will.i.am say they did not coordinate the production or release of this video with the Obama campaign and the filmmakers say they don’t even know if Obama is aware of the video….
This song/video was done from the efforts of some extraordinary young folk (plus Herbie Hancock and Kareem Abdul Jabbar!) who are using their talents to affect change!!! I have the audacity to HOPE for the YouTube Generation!