Annie Lennox has added her name to an open letter addressed to the G8 leaders who are meeting in Canada this week. The letter called on the G8 club of rich nations to look beyond their own economic struggles and set out how they will fulfill the promises to poor countries made in 2005. They suggested a financial transaction tax so that poor countries could “receive their fare share.” The letter PDF at sabotagenewmedia.com has since been removed.
Annie Lennox updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Monday (April 5), discussing her visit to South Africa. The Eurythmics singer writes:
I’ve just been very quiet over the last couple of days since I came back from Cape Town. It’s good to recharge.
We spent ten incredibly productive days there, filming, recording, observing, learning, and altogether being engaged with a whole variety of people and projects.
This time our encounters were more about “positive /productive” responses to issues, rather than focusing on the overwhelm of despair.
Going back to Khayelitsha is always a resonant experience in all kinds of ways… and I keep getting flashes of images that have made a lasting impression.
Annie Lennox updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Sunday (March 28), discussing her HIV AIDS awareness efforts and spending time with Elton John. The Eurythmics singer writes:
It’s been a while…but ..hey…I’ve been on the move, and bizzeee with it!
The momentum for SINGING has been building steadily over the last few years, and now it seems that the work is bearing fruit.! I always wanted to create “a voice for women and children affected by the HIV AIDS pandemic”, and people are really starting to pay attention.
There have been so much going on of late…in a really constructive way.
Time spent with Elton J was super special. He’s an amazing powerhouse.. the ultimate consummate artist and performer. Listening to him backstage… playing, singing and burning his socks off through a repertoire spanning the last forty years was a revelation..They don’t make them like that too often.. trust me!
I have so many plans and schemes…so many things to create, and dreams to fulfill…Life begins at fifty five…Go steady!
Annie Lennox checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Saturday (March 20), discussing her participation in Friday night’s ‘Sports Relief’ charity event. The Eurythmics singer writes:
My name is Annie, and I am a piano clutz… That’s the reason why I practiced and practiced all day yesterday, before performing ‘Bridge Over troubled Water’ on Sports Relief. I love playing piano, and I love singing, but put the two things together…and I become… potentially .. well… a “clutz”.
My piano teacher…back in the day.. once told me that I’d be the laughing stock of Aberdeen, as a kind of “boot up the ass to” get me to practice the pieces I was supposed to perform at a music festival.
Good intentions… but the scary imprint has lasted for 48 years, which means that I kind of freeze, or blank out.. sporadically, when I have to sing and play simultaneously.. Which is the reason why I have little crib notes conveniently stashed in hidden places, like safety parachutes.
Live performances broadcast to millions can be a little stressing if you let the fear get to ya… so I’ve trained myself to be as Buddha cool as I can muster.
Anyhow… I’m glad to say that last night’s performance went swimmingly, and I even got A STANDING OVATION!!!… Three cherries folks!!!
PS..Stay tuned to find out how much Sports Relief raised last night…!!!!!
Annie Lennox updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Monday (March 8), which was International Women’s Day, using the opportunity to reiterate the attention people should heed towards HIV/AIDS amongst women, especially in the developing world. The Eurythmics singer writes:
It was great to be out there “on the bridge” today to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. And I was very glad and delighted that Sarah Brown personally joined in… First of all, because she can set the tone by standing up, and speaking out for women’s rights, and also because she sets an example to the wives of other International political leaders, who could all use their platform to extend allegiance and solidarity in the demand for women’s rights.
It has to be understood, that, for the most part, women who’ve been brought up in Western countries have generally had a very different up bringing and life style from the sisterhood of the South.
My travels to Uganda, Kenya,South Africa, Morocco, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, and various parts of Asia have given me an insight into the lives of girls and women living in the extremely challenging circumstances of chronic poverty… and this has changed my concept of “normal”…
Annie Lennox updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Wednesday (March 3), discussing her “magical mystery tour for the last six days” as she works to educate people about the impact HIV/AIDS has on women. The Eurythmics singer writes:
I want the world to understand the extent that the HIV and AIDS pandemic has become a WOMEN’S issue. And I still don’t think that people in general have much idea about it…ie.. UNAIDS has clearly stated that AIDS RELATED ILLNESSES ARE THE MAJOR CAUSE OF DEATH OF WOMEN OF REPRODUCTIVE AGE IN THE WORLD.
That’s staggeringly significant, but the message isn’t getting through.
And as much as the media have their gripes about “celebrity endorsement” (which I totally understand from a certain perspective)… I’d really like to see them come up to the plate with this.
Annie Lennox updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Friday (February 19), talking about how much of a fan she is of Lady Gaga. The Eurythmics singer tells readers:
I have to say that I am completely entranced by Lady Ga Ga… She is completely off the scale on just about every level, and I’m just loving it! She has the most ENORMOUS stamina and chutzpah, to carry off her massive persona…and I can tell you, that it takes f……..g HOURS and a TEAM to make up and dress up on a daily incarnation like that!!! She’s amazing…innovative..out of the box…and ground breaking at every level! She has smashed the “cookie cutter” tedium, and brought it all into an entirely different level! I saw her giving an interview with Cyndy Lauper on the subject of Women and Aids.. performing live at the piano with Elton, and she’s all over You Tube in all kinds of colors, shapes and forms. Wow!! She’s the real deal..love it love it!
Annie Lennox checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Thursday (February 18), where the Eurythmics singer weighed in on the tragic death of Alexander McQueen, who hanged himself in his London home last week. Lennox writes:
I was incredibly shocked to read the newspaper headlines. It just didn’t compute. Why should a young man in the prime of his life, and the apex of his creative artistry arrive at such a violent point of exit?
We are all mysterious.. even to ourselves. Given a particular set of circumstances, we have no idea what our capabilities might be.
I just feel so sad that he arrived at such a place, and I’m left wondering what on earth prompted him to take his own life in such a way. I’m sure that’s the last thing his mother would have ever wanted.
It’s not my place to comment on a person who I never met. I’ve probably only ever been to two fashion shows in my life, which kind of lets you know how little of a “fashionista” I am, or ever was.
I just wish that “someone” could have been there to intervene, or dissuade him. And the thing is that there’s no turning back… Suicide is such a fait accomplis.
Done, dusted and forever…. and the friends, family and acquaintances’ are left holding this enormous question mark.. this painful puzzle.
It’s absolutely haunting… and I’m terribly sad about it.
Annie Lennox updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Monday (January 25), discussing the reaction to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this month. The Eurythmics singer writes:
Haiti has overwhelmed me, as it has countless others, least of all the citizens of the country themselves, who’s suffering and trauma is beyond our collective imagination. And the ironic thing is that it takes a catastrophe of this unimaginable scale to earn international media focus and space.
Like so many people living in impoverished countries, Haitians have been trapped in a certain kind of suffering for decades, but we (Westerners) have become sidelined, because it’s off our radar and doesn’t compute. That doesn’t make us evil.. It merely highlights our overwhelming sense of disconnect and powerlessness. If you/ and I become consumed with despair, everything else becomes an even more lost cause… Just like the metaphor of someone trapped in the rubble for days, after the emergency response has been called off. A waning of tapping sounds to say that “you are alive” diminishing by the second.
Annie Lennox updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Monday (January 18), discussing the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti last week. The Eurythmics singer tells readers:
Haiti… It always seems that the ones who can least afford it are also the those who get hit by the sharp end of catastrophe. Absolutely devastating. I’m making my own personal contribution to the British Red Cross, and I’m sure that everybody reading this blog will be doing something to support the situation there.. Even if you just give ONE pound or ONE Euro, or dollar.. that will be your unique and individual contribution to the overwhelm!.. So if you haven’t already done so.. Please can I encourage you to just get off the couch and get active… In that way, you can be part of the collective solution, and you can give yourself a pat on the back for being an engaged and caring member of the human race! YOU REALLY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
C’mon my Peeps…and let me know what you’re doing!!