Wishing on a star

tanabataIt’s Tanabata again. What will you wish for this year?

Here are some things to get you thinking, listening, reading, writing and speaking today:

An explanation of Tanabata in English from Kids Web Japan

A video in Japanese with English subtitles explaining Tanabata:

Last year’s Tanabata post and 2013’s.

And now for some music — “Wishing on a star” in four versions:

The original song from the 70s, by Rose Royce:

Beyonce’s version from 2004:

And in between the two, Jay-Z’s 1998 rap version, which has the singer from the original (and a bit of swearing):

Finally, the most recent cover that I know about, from Seal in 2011. This one seems the most ethereal and maybe the best fit for the story. Which version do you like best?


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