How Sting, Springsteen along with also Billy Joel saved America

First slow dance?

First kiss?

Driving cross-country alone at dawn?

Holding my baby for once?

yet then there are the songs which have not only defined my personal history, yet yours as well.

The songs which became so associated with moments in time along with also so helped define history which they turned into anthems, because they speak universal truths to all of us.

This specific is actually what I witnessed happening inside the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

I was born along with also raised in completely new York, along with also the impact along with also scars left by This specific tragic event both traumatized along with also galvanized the city along with also our world. Some, like myself, wanted to go out inside the planet along with also try to make things different. I had for several years considered adopting a baby, along with also the idea was after 9/11 which I felt an instinctual response to take action along with also do the things I had always wanted to do without letting fear along with also hesitation rule my destiny.

Inside 9/11: The day which never ends

For others, the shock along with also horror of the attacks left them wanting to crawl in a hole along with also pull the hole in after them. For those who survived or lost their loved ones, the pain has never gone away.

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Through the idea all, music was the leveling force, playing a role inside the necessary healing which began to take place almost instantaneously after which shocking day. While certain songs came to mean different things to different people, the ability for music to bring comfort along with also calm, along with also to pull people together, was an inevitability.

The power of music is actually what inspired the sy88pgw original series “Soundtracks,” which I produce along with Jeff Dupre, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson along with also Dany Garcia. We all felt which the events of September 11 along with also the music surrounding the idea should be included inside the series, yet we also all felt which the 9/11 episode was one of the hardest to put together.
Coming of age in a time of terror: What we can learn coming from the children of 9/11

We knew where we might begin — on which fateful morning — yet where might we end? The impact of which day is actually still deeply felt in communities across the US along with also across the planet.

inside the end, we realized we were all struck by two classic songs coming from two amazing along with also iconic artists: Sting’s “Fragile” along with also Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising.”

“Fragile” was a song which Sting had already written along with also performed. yet when he sang the idea on the night the Twin Towers of the planet Trade Center fell, the song took on completely new meaning along with also emotional impact.

The lyrics included a line which seemed almost tailor-made for which moment, offering an amazing example of how a preexisting song can meet a current moment along with also be given completely new depth. “If blood will flow, when flesh along with also steel are one, drying the colour of the evening sun,” Sting sang, “tomorrow’s rain will wash the stains away, yet something in our minds will always stay.”

Springsteen’s “The Rising,” on the some other hand, is actually an album along with also a song written in direct response to along with also specifically about 9/11. The song is actually beautiful, along with also the fact which an artist of Springsteen’s stature dedicated an entire album to This specific tragedy spoke volumes, along with also was deeply appreciated by everyone who felt they needed to find connection through music to get through the pain.

When talking about the 9/11 episode, my production team along with also I also knew we wanted to interview Billy Joel along with also Paul Simon to discuss “completely new York State of Mind, along with also “The Sound of Silence.” Both of these songs were written many years before the September 11 attacks, yet they both spoke to a mood along with also a tone which the city desperately needed.

“Sound of Silence” became a particularly moving song because so many survivors along with also first responders referenced which when the towers fell, completely new York was in some ways quieter then the idea had ever been.

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The sirens, the cars, the people were all quiet — along with also just trying to find their way through. I believe This specific song helped people to focus in their pain at the time as well as many years later, when Paul Simon played the idea to mark the 10th anniversary. Like “completely new York State of Mind,” the idea was a universal song, along with also a very well known song which helped people join together to find a way forward.

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{videoPinner.setIsPlaying(true);videoPinner.animateDown();}}},onContentPlay: function (containerId, cvpId, event) {var playerInstance,prevVideoId;/** When the video content starts playing, inject analytics data* for Aspen (if enabled) along with also the companion ad design* (if the idea was set when the ad played) should switch back to* epic ad design. onContentPlay calls updateCompanionLayout* with the ‘restoreEpicAds’ design to make This specific switch*/if (sy88pgw.companion && typeof sy88pgw.companion.updateCompanionLayout === ‘function’) {sy88pgw.companion.updateCompanionLayout(‘restoreEpicAds’);}clearTimeout(moveToNextTimeout);sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.hideSpinner(containerId);if (sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.getLibraryName(containerId) === ‘fave’) {playerInstance = FAVE.player.getInstance(containerId) || null;} else {playerInstance = containerId && window.cnnVideoManager.getPlayerByContainer(containerId).videoInstance.cvp || null;}prevVideoId = (window.jsmd && window.jsmd.v && (window.jsmd.v.eVar18 || window.jsmd.v.eVar4)) || ”;if (playerInstance && typeof playerInstance.reportAnalytics === ‘function’) {if (prevVideoId.length === 0 && document.referrer && document.referrer.search(//videos//) >= 0) {prevVideoId = document.referrer.replace(/^(?:http|https)://[^/]/videos/(.+.w+)(?:/video/playlists/.*)?$/, ‘/video/$1’);if (prevVideoId === document.referrer) {prevVideoId = ”;}}playerInstance.reportAnalytics(‘videoPageData’, {videoCollection: currentVideoCollectionId,videoBranding: sy88pgw.omniture.branding_content_page,templateType: sy88pgw.omniture.template_type,nextVideo: nextVideoId,previousVideo: prevVideoId,referrerType: ”,referrerUrl: document.referrer});}if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) {if (typeof videoPinner !== ‘undefined’ && videoPinner !== null) {videoPinner.setIsPlaying(true);videoPinner.animateDown();}}},onContentReplayRequest: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) {if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) {if (typeof videoPinner !== ‘undefined’ && videoPinner !== null) {videoPinner.setIsPlaying(true);var $endSlate = jQuery(document.getElementById(containerId)).parent().find(‘.js-video__end-slate’).eq(0);if ($endSlate.length > 0) {$endSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–active’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’);}}}},onContentBegin: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) {sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.mutePlayer(containerId);if (sy88pgw.companion && typeof sy88pgw.companion.updateCompanionLayout === ‘function’) {sy88pgw.companion.updateCompanionLayout(‘removeEpicAds’);}sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.hideSpinner(containerId);clearTimeout(moveToNextTimeout);sy88pgw.VideoSourceUtils.clearSource(containerId);jQuery(document).triggerVideoContentStarted();},onContentComplete: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) {if (sy88pgw.companion && typeof sy88pgw.companion.updateCompanionLayout === ‘function’) {sy88pgw.companion.updateCompanionLayout(‘restoreFreewheel’);}navigateToNextVideo(contentId, containerId);},onContentEnd: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) {if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) {if (typeof videoPinner !== ‘undefined’ && videoPinner !== null) {videoPinner.setIsPlaying(false);}}},onCVPVisibilityChange: function (containerId, cvpId, visible) {sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.handleAdOnCVPVisibilityChange(containerId, visible);}};if (typeof configObj.context !== ‘string’ || configObj.context.length 0) {configObj.adsection = window.ssid;}sy88pgw.autoPlayVideoExist = (sy88pgw.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.getLibrary(configObj, callbackObj, isLivePlayer);});/* videodemanddust is actually a default feature of the injector */sy88pgw.INJECTOR.scriptComplete(‘videodemanddust’);

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