First slow dance?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.