Mickey Hickson - Everything's Gonna Be Alright (1984) by Tom Hogan published on 2013/01/17 00:03:35 +0000 Taken from Tom Hogan's Obscure Music History http://www.obscuremusichistory.com --- At the height of the charity record era, Mickey "King" Hickson hosted his own not-for-profit festival, MAAWOE (Musical Action Against War On Earth). At the festival, alongside a full band with a 70 piece string orchestra and choir for the final chorus, he unveiled his epic feelgood power ballad, "Everything's Gonna Be Alright". The concert went off without a hitch. However, when the single was released, it received heavy criticism from the more discerning listeners, claiming that its "promotion of passive action was just too passive". Hickson agreed. "I know there are a lot of problems in the world. I can't do anything about any of them, so I figured I'd write a song that was really optimistic, y'know? Like, chill everyone, these things will clear themselves up eventually. And in my experience, when you have as much money as I do, things tend to sort themselves out." "For instance," he continued, "I made a heap of money at that concert. Slap the words not-for-profit on something and you'd be surprised at how much income you get. Guess how much? Go on, guess. It was massive. Massive. Just massive." -- Interesting Fact: After covering costs and paying his own fee, the Mickey Hickson MAAWOE Festival raised over $13 for overseas aid, which almost covered the cost of the international money transfer. "The way I see it, $13 is infinitely more than they had before, if we're talking percentages. I probably made some hungry kid's day, and in the end, isn't that all that really matters? That, and surfing."