As many of you probably saw, a children's chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School joined Jennifer Hudson to sing "America the Beautiful" before the Super Bowl. It was an emotional, lovely performance, and I can only imagine that the version of "Over the Rainbow" that another group of Newtown children recorded for the upcoming Grammys is going to be equally moving. Their second song choice for the Grammy Awards, however ... um, I'm not quite sure about this one.
I mean, I can understand that everyone -- maybe the kids most of all -- would like to do a more upbeat song. Not every performance needs to be heart-wrenchingly wistful. And I hope I don't sound like I'm criticizing, because god knows these children could come out and sing the phone book and we as a nation would support them 100 percent, but ... well, is it me, or is Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" just a really bizarre pick?
A group of 21 children from Newtown, Connecticut, will be featured at the Grammys. These kids recorded "Over the Rainbow" last month with singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, and they're prepping for a live appearance during the E! Network's Grammy Awards preshow on Sunday, which will include being interviewed by Ryan Seacrest via satellite.
Sabrina Post, who runs a performing arts school in Newtown and directs the group, said the kids wanted to do something to honor their friends and neighbors who died in the horrific December 14 massacre.
This opportunity to do something positive lets the kids know that although a lot of things happen in our world that are not pleasant, like this that happened with us in Newtown, there are many giving people and wonderful things that can come out of life, so don't get discouraged. It teaches them to use their gifts to work through things.
The recorded version of "Over the Rainbow" is available on Amazon and iTunes, and proceeds will benefit the United Way of Western Connecticut and the Newtown Youth Academy. Here's a sneak peek of the kids performing the song:
Wow, that's quite beautiful, isn't it? And I'm so thrilled the kids of Newtown can be a part of something like this. Buuuuuuut ... ooh, I can't help it, it just seems so WEIRD that the song they're planning to sing during E!'s Live From the Red Carpet show is "Call Me Maybe."
Maybe it's that the song -- cheesy to begin with -- has been covered so many times it's almost like a terrible parody at this point. Sort of like if they were singing Rebecca Black's "Friday." Or "Gangnam Style."
On the other hand, it's likely to bring smiles to people's faces (will they be doing elaborate phone pantomimes like the elderly residents of Waverly Mansion?), and like I said before, it really doesn't matter WHAT they sing. So bring on the awful earworm, Newtown kids, we promise to cheer you on no matter what.
Would you have picked "Call Me Maybe" for these kids to sing?
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