Thursday, September 11, 2008
Another September 11th
As I finished the day in my office at work, I listened to the tracks of "America: A Tribute to Heroes." These songs were recorded during that mysteriously produced show that appeared on all of the major American TV networks ten days after the 9/11 attacks. I am not normally a patriotic person, but those weeks in 2001 deeply affected me and watching the concert that night while visiting my brother in Illinois did a lot to reduce the internal chaos I was experiencing at the time. The album itself starts off with Bruce Springsteen's chilling "My City of Ruin," the lyrics of which were hauntingly appropriate for the moment, although Springsteen had written it months before. Other highlights include Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" and U2's "Walk On." In both of those tracks you can clearly hear Joel's and Bono's voices crack with the emotion that tainted everything that night. The album ends with Willie Nelson leading a bunch of all-stars through a somewhat sad rendition of "America the Beautiful." Listening to these songs on the seventh anniversary of that horrible day has left me with an overwhelming sense of homesickness. I do miss the U.S.A.-- from sea to shining sea.