Back in 2001, amateur musicians seeking exposure on my.mp3.com
responded spontaneously to the 9/11 attacks by posting their own heartfelt musical tributes
to the event, which included the Wings cover Taliban on the Run
, the anti-abortion ambient synth rock of Unborn Baby of Tower One
, and the Christian numerology of Wayne and Liz's 9-11 Warning
. More recent tributes can be found on YouTube and elsewhere, including the pro-Bush emo of 9 11 Vision of You
, What Does Nine 11 Mean 2 U
from "blog 'n' roller" Dr. B.L.T.
, and the Moby-ish The 9/11 Memorial Song
. Meanwhile, YouTube has inspired somebody to ponder if you can make 9/11 look more "funny" by adding the Benny Hill theme song
Shot Chord Heard Round the World!
On the morning of Nine Eleven 2002 at 8:46am
, over 160 choirs across the world will sing Mozart's "Requiem"
to metaphorically stand in for the thousands of voices silenced a year ago. Among all the ideas I've heard to commemorate this occasion, this one seems the most dignified, and least cringeworthy. They mentioned it on NPR's Morning Edition
(caution: Real Audio file).
"In tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks, Blue Man Group has created an eloquent video.
The usually explosive performance artists do not appear in it; there are no blue-painted heads in sight. Instead, pieces of white paper drift down in front of a pure black background as percussive music plays. All these papers were found in Brooklyn, where they floated across the river from the World Trade Center." (Quoting The New York Times.)
"Hell, I still love you New York." (WMA or RA)
I've been seeing the video for Ryan Adams' "New York, New York" late at night on VH1. At a time when television censors are editing out images of the World Trade Center and words like "hijack" out of old movies, it is a welcome surprise. The video, filmed on Sept. 7th, has a pre-attack NY skyline with the WTC prominently featured. It's the best tribute to NY I've seen in the last couple of months.
Is the music industry headed in a new direction
after the events of last week? And I'm not talking about the release of the new Jay-Z album.
WWJD: What Would Jello (Biafra) Do?
Well, he's not sure, but the former Dead Kennedy's front man and all-round cool guy has a little blurb with his take on the terrorist attacks and what the repercussions might be.
I went to the Laurie Anderson show last night in Toronto. I seriously didn't want to
and was praying for a cancelled show. I ended up enjoying it fully. Art really can heal. She began the
show by dedicating the music to "everyone who died Tuesday, freedom and sanity."
Strangely, many of her songs make reference to airplanes and fire. Spookiest moment of the night: during her signature song "O Superman," the lines "Here come the planes. They're American planes, made by Americans." Read the lyrics - the song is loaded with eerie references.
Recently I was made aware of a response to the terrorist attacks of Tuesday, by Serj Tankian, vocalist for the politically-themed band, System of a Down
. The response was well written, highly articulated and, yet, it is now MISSING from the band's official website.
I have been unable to find a cached copy of the post, and I am wondering if this article was removed due to it's less-than 100% agreement with the current mindset of the media propaganda machine, or whether it is related to something else.
If anyone can dig up a cached copy, or shed some light on this matter, it would be much appreciated.
Live releases a free downloadable MP3
in what is sure to be a long line of overwrought and sappy tribute songs inspired by the tragic events of yesterday.