In the run-up to World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Coca-Cola and (RED) are inviting the world to “Share the Sound of an AIDS Free Generation.” Every day, 650 babies are born with HIV, and Coca-Cola and (RED) believe that, together, we can reduce that number near zero. Each week in the month of November, a new artist has unveiled an original song available for download, with proceeds benefitting the Global Fund to fight AIDS.  

In our fourth and final interview, we feature OneRepublic, whose exclusive (RED) remix of their song "I Lived" is now available at www.iTunes.com/REDSound. The band also is giving fans the opportunity to spend a day with them on tour. Donate to the campaign for the chance win that experience and many others at www.Omaze.com/CocaColaRED.

We sat down with OneRepublic lead singer Ryan Tedder to talk about the song's meaning, why the band got involved with the "Share the Sound of an AIDS Free Generation" campaign, and more.

You have a new version of 'I Lived' you're releasing as part of the Coca-Cola and (RED) campaign. Can you tell us what this song is about?

I wrote “I Lived" for my son, Copeland, when he was 2. Now he’s 4, and the song continues to take on more and more meaning for me personally. Quickly after finishing the song, I listened to it back and realized even though I wrote this for such a specific reason it is very obvious that the lyric is, in fact, universal and applicable to anyone and everyone as it is simply: “Life is short, live it to the max.“

What does it mean to you to be able to share this personal message with the world?

Having this song attached to the (RED) campaign is absolutely incredible for me and the band. The goal of any song I write is for it to take on a much bigger journey then I originally intended… In other words I wrote this song for one person who I love dearly, and one day I will get to explain to him how his song helped so many other people.




What is your vision for 'I Lived'? How do you hope this song will inspire people?

The message of “I Lived" is "carpe diem," which is not a new message, but I feel has not been said in a new way in a long time. Part of my responsibility as an artist and a songwriter is to look for gaps in the world of music and fill those gaps.

Why did you get involved with Coca-Cola and (RED)?



One Republic

I've gotten to be close friends with Bono in the last year and a half. I have always been familiar with and a fan of the (RED) campaign and, to be honest, was always interested in finding a way that OneRepublic could be involved.  I am excited to witness firsthand the eradication of AIDS in this world both because AIDS is absolutely devastating and, secondly, once AIDS is eradicated I wholeheartedly want to shift all this invaluable attention towards cancer and see if we can't take that on even stronger than we have.

You guys have been out on tour. How has that experience influenced your new music?

I approach every day like it could be the last without being morbid. So, in effect, I feel that to the best of my ability, I live out carpe diem and the theme of our song "I Lived." Being in 50 or so countries playing for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people is absolutely what I was put on earth to do... so the touring experience feeds the music and the music feeds the tour, and both of them feed me.

What is your favorite song of all time and why? 

Louis Armstrong’s "What a Wonderful World.” We cover it every night on tour and have recorded it for iTunes. It's the type of song that I hope in this lifetime I get to write as, in my mind, it is actually perfect in every way.