Friday, September 11, 2009

Song of the Day: Miami 2017

Reposted from last year.

I found this a few weeks ago. It's Billy Joel singing Miami 2017 (Seen the lights go down on Broadway) at the Concert for New York in 2001. After the first few seconds it's all video of 9/11. There are times when watching this that it all came back to me in a rush. All the memories of hearing about it, trying to find out what was going on, watching it all for days and days. Intense.

I wish there was a little more footage from the concert. Seeing the emotion of the police and firefighters at the show is incredibly powerful.

I think it's good that we are reminded of the events of that day, not only out of respect for the people who didn't survive it and their families, but to remind us of the dangers that are possible in this world. I don't think eliminating our own freedom is the answer, but that's a political debate for another day (November 4).

This song was written and recorded in 1976 as a "science fiction" song. It narrates the city being closed, almost as if by foreclosure. Background here.

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