We recently visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. I didn’t really expect much. I expected it to be impactful, but simple.
I was wrong. Way, way, wrong. It goes on and on and on. Entire fire trucks and ambulances and twisted metal and tributes to every single victim. It is quite frankly, overwhelming. Everyone needs to visit this at least once in their life. Everyone. It will make you uncomfortable. And you should be. This is barbarism. This is what happens when people can only think one way.
I watched the second plane hit the second Tower. I watched the buildings collapse. I experienced the total helplessness of watching thousands of people die. Children, women, innocent people just living their lives killed in business buildings for no other reason than they were not the right kind of Muslim to suit their attackers.
Before the toxic dust had even settled, a group of musicians started putting together a show to give tribute to the city, and especially its heroes, that had given them so much. One of which was my personal idol, David Bowie. Now at this time he wasn’t really doing stuff I cared a whole lot for. He was however, David Bowie, so doing different things I expected. I was just sitting out this period for the most part. I was going to watch the show. But to say my expectations were subtle is an overstatement.
In the most usual way, he proved me way, way, way, wrong. To this day, this is still either my favorite, or second favorite Bowie performance. For whatever reason it keeps getting banned on Youtube. I think it’s actually owned by the 9/11 Foundation at this point. But, I’ve always felt pushing something to obscurity does nothing to enhance it’s value. So, here it is from Dailymotion. For whatever reason they seem to have no problem with it. If you want to contribute to the Memorial, purchase the video or donate directly.