Remembering 9/11 Through Song

Watch these stirring performances from the America: A Tribute to Heroes Telethon

The Village Voice 9/11 cover, originally published September 25, 2001

9/11 is always the heaviest, most somber day of the year here in the United States. But it always seems hardest when it falls on a Tuesday, the actual day four commercial airplanes packed with innocent people were used to attack America on native soil for the first time since Pearl Harbor.

17 years later, the pain of this day does not get any easier. But instead of falling down the rabbit hole of sorrow or conspiracy theory lunacy that exists on the Internet, a more holistic way to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11/01 is to watch these touching, raw performances from the America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon, which aired live on 35 broadcast and cable networks on Friday, September 21, 2001.

Never forget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Hart

Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

3 thoughts on “Remembering 9/11 Through Song

  • December 4, 2019 at 12:57 pm
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    Dear Mr. Hart,

    Although your post is more than three years old to the date, and stumbling on it by accident, it was still very moving and your message is totally correct. E.g. focusing on the hope, courage, love and unity the tragedy of September 11th brought upon America, referring to the tribute to heroes.

    September 11th should never be forgotten, no matter how painful it is. Watching footage of the Twin Towers standing, proud and tall, has been a healing process for me. Although they are gone and wish they were still there, the strength of America at that time will continue to live on.

    Watching further how America seems so divided today, September 11th should be made a national holiday of remembrance and reflection. A national effort to make it a day of unity and growth. In the words of George Santanya: “Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.”

    Regards,
    Victor

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    • December 6, 2019 at 10:53 am
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      Thank you so much, sir. Happy Holidays!

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  • December 8, 2019 at 1:36 am
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    Ron , James Porter will confirm this , many of our friends , as well as James and myself , had a “9-11 song” , a piece of music that helped us try to understand that which could not be understood. Those songs offered comfort , as a friend would. I was in New York about six weeks after it happened. I met the members of the legendary , still active 60’s UK R’n’B/Proto Punk band , The Downliners Sect , and told them their song “Bad Storm Coming” was my 9/11 song , with lyrics like ” PAST AND PRESENT , THEY ARE PLAIN TO SEE…WHAT FUTURE CAN EXIST FOR YOU AND ME? WHEN ONE NATION FIGHTS ANOTHER , THERE’LL BE NO PEACE FOR THE OTHERS.” , “A MIRACLE COULD SAVE US FROM THIS FATE , AND I PRAY TO GOD ONE COMES BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. THERE’LL BE CLOUDS ABOVE THE CITY , RAINING POISON DOWN , NOT PITY, THERE’S A BAD STORM COMING AND IT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY….”. To me , that said it all , and I told Sect Bassist , Keith Grant , so. He handed me a backstage pass and said , “RIGHT. Come by the dressing room in 20 minutes , and we’ll all have dinner.”.

    REMEMBER THE HEROES , BUT ALSO REMEMBER OUR FRIENDS OVERSEAS WHO HAD OUR BACK , AND THAT MANY , MANY OTHER NATIONS LOST FRIENDS AND RELATIVES THAT DAY. John Battles.

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