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Nov 27, 2013
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The global response to the Yolanda aftermath has been swift, immense, and heartwarming. Every nation that could led a hand chipped in, for which our country has been thankful.

And this week, relief efforts are once again given a shot in the arm—this time from an army of musicians extending help the way they know best, and that is, with music.

Record labels Sony, Warner Music, and Universal have put together a massive compilation album featuring 39 songs from artists old and young, across a swath of genres. The album, called Songs for the Philippines, is now available on iTunes for $9.99—with the artists waiving fees, and all of the proceeds going to the Philippine Red Cross.

Who’s in the album? And what song did they contribute? The songs included vary in themes. Bob Dylan’s classic “Shelter From the Storm,” couldn’t have been more apt; the Beatles’ “Across The Universe” and “Let It Be,” offer a good dose of hope and perspective; Alicia Keys’ “New Day” strengthens our people’s faith in tomorrow; and Bruno Mars “Count On Me,” and Jessica Sanchez’s “Lead Me Home,” let the victims know that hey, you aren’t alone, fellas. From the few we’ve mentioned, one can see the notable diversity in styles and content of the songs—probably done to encompass the feelings that the harrowing experience caused.

For a full list of the songs, you can check out the album’s official site here or the album’s iTunes page here.

For the $9.99 the album is technically worth, this compilation is yet another example of how music can be more than just something that keeps our bus rides less boring. Music can make an impact—and this had been locally evident with the many “for-a-cause” gigs immediately organized in the aftermath of Yolanda.

On a bigger scale, the world has a history of musicians literally banding together to face a common enemy. Songs For The Philippines stood up to Yolanda, albeit in digital form. Below, we list some of the biggest instances when musicians came together to stand up to a big enemy.

Concert For Bangladesh

WHERE: Madison Square Garden in New York City
WHEN: August 1, 1971
NOTABLE PERFORMERS: George Harrison, Norah Jones' dad Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan.
THE CAUSE: Organized by Harrison and Shankar, the Concert For Bangladesh strove to raise money and awareness for East Pakistan refugees displaced by the civil war in Bangladesh and the 1970 Bhola cyclone. The cyclone is eerily similar to Yolanda as the storm surges it brought killed over 500,000 individuals. This concert is said to be the granddaddy of all benefit concerts.


Hope For Haiti Now

WHERE: Simultaneous concerts at New York, Los Angeles and London
WHEN: January 22, 2010
NOTABLE PERFORMERS:  Wyclef Jean, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Alicia Keys, Justing Timberlake, Coldplay, Rihanna
THE CAUSE: Organized by George Clooney, Wyclef Jean and Emmy-winning director Joel Gallen, the telethon/concert was put together to generate awareness and help for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake that claimed 200,000 lives.



Live Earth

WHERE: Simultaneous concerts in South Africa, Brazil, Japan, China, Australia, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Antarctica, and the U.S.A.
WHEN: July 7, 2007
NOTABLE PERFORMERS: The Police, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, Akon, Beastie Boys, Spinal Tap, Garth Brooks, Macy Gray, Pharrell, Lenny Kravitz.
THE CAUSE: Former American Vice President and anti climate change advocate Al Gore put up this concert that's now held annually. Unlike some of the other examples here that are immediately organized in reaction to a calamitous event, Live Earth's mission is to consistently and constantly create awareness for people to be more conscious of their effect on environment.


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