Musikhjälpen (English: Music Aid) is obviously my favorite Christmas charity. (Is it clear this isn’t a charity for Christmas, it’s just it takes place around Christmas?)
This year’s edition started last night (it’s a weekly affair), and the theme is Children are not for sale.
What I like about it is, again, obviously, that it’s a fun event, there’s the music connection—generally, music on the radio is never as good as it is during this one week—and you donate by texting song requests and any amount you’d like to donate (well, there is a SEK 50 minimum). I.e. donating is easy.
It’s a great idea, no??
Not that they play all requests. But you (i.e. I) keep hoping that they’ll catch on one of these days and want to play Thrice’s Black Honey…and if not. Well it doesn’t really matter does it? I can listen to Black Honey any old time.
…although part of me can’t help but to think we’re going about this the wrong way. I’m not saying we shouldn’t donate money, but children are being sold because of poverty. A poverty which is the result of this absolutely marvelous capitalist system we’re living in. Donating money isn’t going to solve the problem.
But I guess a temporary relief shouldn’t be frowned upon.
I also want to round up the people selling and buying the children and beat them with a bat. Also pretty sure I’m not the only one. Now. Could we get someone to organize this?