Sound Tracks: "Promised you a Miracle (Promises)" by Jim Kerr & Martha Wainwright
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Sound Tracks: “Promised you a Miracle (Promises)” by Jim Kerr & Martha Wainwright

Believe it or not, music videos still exist. Sound Tracks trolls the internet to find the best and the worst of local artists’ new singles and the good, bad, or otherwise noteworthy visuals that accompany them.

In anticipation of the G20 Summit, Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr has joined up with Montreal-based chanteuse Martha Wainwright to reinvent his 1980s hit “Promised You A Miracle” for Oxfam, to raise awareness on the subject of maternal health issues in developing countries.
Those issues, of course, will have some relevance for Canadians given the recent rhubarb over abortion funding for developing countries: the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) suggested recently that access to safe abortion services could save lives, and recommended that abortion become a part of Ottawa’s maternal health plan, but the federal government announced in April that funding for it wouldn’t be included.
We digress. Whatever your feelings on the issues surrounding maternal health, the new version of “Promised You A Miracle” is worth a listen. The bass-slapping, percussion-heavy timbre of the original has been revamped with an acoustic, toe-tapping rootsy beat as the video makes its case.
“I recall the G8 meeting in Gleneagles when they made the pledges—and the promises—to step up to the mark and increase the aid that they had been asked for and the campaigners had asked for,” said Kerr in a press release. “They agreed….And the people involved, they took the photo ops, they made the smiles, and they gave their pledge…and I guess five years later, we’re still sitting waiting….but I would hope that that is reversed [at the G8 & G20 summits]….It’s too hard to accept, it’s too hard to imagine that a thousand women a day can die giving birth. It’s absolutely unacceptable and it needs to be put right.”

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