I was ambivalent about the We Are the World remake for a variety of reasons, and wondered right away why David wasn’t involved — had he been asked? Was he passed over? Scheduling conflict? After a torrent of ambivalence met the release of the piece, I decided it was probably better that he hadn’t been one of the artists after all.

This version is to my mind more moving than the professional remake. The young, unfamiliar faces with remarkable vocal talent will remind many of the welcome surprises of Idol, and somehow the “we” in We Are the World attains a rather more collective commonality in the hands and hearts of the these uncelebrated artists.

Bonus: The adorable boy who opens the piece (much sweeter and more appealing than Justin Bieber, IMO) has a track on his own YouTube channel that all of you are likely to recognize…