On September 11th, a day that will live in infamy, we as a nation and as a world remember the multiple attacks that took place on the United States which senselessly killed almost 3,000 people. While the events that took place that day in 2001 had various immediate consequences for many people, the lasting effects, specifically on music are worth noting.
Sting, who was in Italy to record his All This Time live album on the day the attacks occurred, admitted from the stage that the show “simply can’t be a joyous occasion” – and although the record was released as planned that November, the CD and film present a night of somber reflection rather than celebration.
The majority of the support arrived most in the way of concert tributes that came together in the days immediately after, featuring artists uniting across genre lines to help heal listeners and raise funds.
Quotes stemming from the attacks come from a variety of artists such as Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who said, “Unfortunately, some people are going to use this horrible tragedy as a pretext to tramp on our civil liberties. We simply can’t allow it.”
Yoko Ono stated that, “I think we’re going to create a new reality together. We are one mind, one body. And we have received an incredible shock to our body. This is a time for us to realize that we should not try, through anger or fear, to cut off another arm. That body has to live and survive. It’s true what Mahatma Gandhi said: ‘An eye for an eye only leaves the whole world blind.'”
But regardless of what musicians say, today is a day of reflection, remembrance and holding those that you love tight.