On Friday, country music superstar Brad Paisley released a new song Same here Dedicated to the people of Ukraine, it features none other than the voice of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
On this one-year anniversary of the invasion, I remember the ways in which we are all the same.
Here is the first song available from my new project. It’s “same here”. Pres. Volodymyr Zelensky (@ZelenskyyUa)https://t.co/oWdVc8e7dv pic.twitter.com/AsivvDponb
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) February 24, 2023
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New song by Brad Paisley Same here ft. Volodymyr Zelensky
Zelensky reportedly had input on the song. Paisley found it appropriate given the Ukrainian president’s entertainment background.
“I think they understand that art is how you reach the most people, especially in the heart,” the Whiskey Lullaby singer said. “They can give as many speeches as they can give, but it’s much easier to listen to something with a melody.”
Paisley tries to draw comparisons between the American and Ukrainian people Same here.
While discussing the meaning of his song with The Associated Press, Paisley said, “There are no differences. You can put us in different places with different flags and different languages, but we have many similarities.
Same here Ukraine is not explicitly mentioned. However, the video incorporates Zelensky, whom Paisley introduces as “a friend across the ocean.”
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At the 3-minute mark you hear “Hi Brad.” To which Paisley responded, “Hello, Mr. President.”
After being asked how to say “same here” in Ukrainian, Zelensky launches into a short conversation that points out how similar our countries are:
“We speak different languages in our life. Yes, but I think we appreciate the same things – children, freedom, our flag, our soldiers, our people. The greatest wealth we have. and friends. And we are proud of our military that protects our freedom and protects our lives. There is no gap between our countries in such values. It is important to see that they are indeed in many, indeed in many respects, the same.
People react to Brad Paisley’s same here ft. Volodymyr Zelensky
Initial comments on the video have been positive and suggest the 3-time Grammy-winning artist’s intended message.
Commentator Mary Ann Kennedy wrote, “We are all the same…hearts beat and bleed red. I pray this message takes hold everywhere, the USA needs it, when you die don’t take power with you.. take love. Thanks Brad 🙏🏻”
Scott Running Wolf added, “Hey Brad here it is, right here!! I have to say you brought tears and pride to my life the Bob Dylan of country music. We stand with you for President Zelensky and know goodness will prevail.❤ ❤”
Commenter Heather Knapp went for a deeper quote, “”They’ve got their own kind of football team that lets them down every year” – pure paisley poetry! I think this hits radio hard – we need a pendulum back to a more traditional country that tells stories and tugs at the heartstrings.” .It’s a thoughtful song to remind us that we are more alike than we are different and not to let our differences divide us.I’m sure it will ruffle some feathers, just like Billy Joel’s “Leningrad” and others.
You can listen to Brad Paisley’s new song “Same Here” featuring Volodymyr Zelensky in the video below.
Brad Paisley supports Ukraine
This isn’t the first time Brad Paisley has publicly supported Ukraine or shared the screen with Volodymyr Zelensky.
The West Virginia native appeared alongside Hollywood elite on the “Ukraine: Answering the Call” telethon that aired last June.
On Sunday, NBC presents “#Ukraine: Answering the call, “executive produced by MSNBC @Nicole DeWallaceWho joins @JoyAnnReid above #TheReidOut On the participating artists. Watch “Ukraine: Answering the Call” this Sunday at 7pm ET and PT @NBCand 10 p.m. ET on @MSNBC, #Riders. pic.twitter.com/MnUCdbmdaz
— The Readout (@thereadout) July 2, 2022
Paisley was joined by Paul McCartney, Ben Stiller, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Daniels, Alicia Keys and more for the fundraiser, which aired on both NBC and MSNBC.
If you’re asking yourself why ultra-rich celebrities choose to ask everyday Americans in a struggling economy to financially support Ukraine when the US government offers $100 billion For help in the first year of occupation – this is a very good and valid question.
Of course, in that time, the US has only spent tens of billions on aid. Still not reaching the impressive $100 billion milestone. But do they really need your hard-earned dollars?
Some may tell you that it is your duty to help save the world. Or you should give to others in need.
Others might call it Hollywood virtue signaling. Or say celebrities are out of touch.
Mark Hamill takes Ukraine
We have to give Paisley some credit here. Their song of unity is at least enjoyable to listen to and more palatable than some others’ overt virtue signaling.
Og Jedi, take Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill is using his Star Wars fame to not only support Ukraine, but is also asking his fans to send him money.
It’s as bad as it sounds. Hamill is promoting his Ukraine fundraiser with the slogan, “Join the resistance to a real-life evil empire.”
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Join the resistance to a real-life evil empire.#Slava Ukraine 🇺🇦 https://t.co/z81p9zfSFx
— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill) February 17, 2023
Maybe those of us going on about de-escalation have got it all wrong and the celebrities are right. Only virtue signaling can save us at this point.
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