Saturday, September 10, 2011

9 - 11

Of course tomorrow marks the tenth anniversary of 9-11 ... a day we'll never forget ... and a day whose impact has affected us each and every day since.

Trying to stay away from the politics and the preaching ... (which isn't always so easy to do, by the way!) ... and stick with the music format of Forgotten Hits ... here are a couple of emails we received from you guys in the past week:


Since I no longer have a radio show, I was hoping you could share with your vast readership a really amazing song that I would certainly play if I did. "The Reading of the Names", by Jon Morrell and Tony Leventhal, two brothers, NYC born and raised. It is currently posted on You Tube and getting wonderful reviews.  Not really sure what you had planned for 9/11 ... but, as I said, this is something I'd be sharing with everyone, so I'm hoping you will.

Jim Shea

Here's one well worth repeating, courtesy of our radio buddy Jim Shea.  (kk)

Kent ...
Here's a good clip for next Sunday's edition of "Forgotten Hits".
Frank B.
Very Powerful -- This will be worth the trip to NYC to see.
Fleetwood Girl
While we have promised to always focus on the music, we would be remiss in not acknowledging the tragedy that befell our country ten years ago.  It certainly changed OUR lives ... forever.  I guess in the end that's exactly what terrorism is.  If we can't find a way to rebound as a country ... set things right again ... concentrate on solving some of our OWN problems for a change and provide solutions for unemployment, poverty, better health care, etc., then in the end, THEY have won.  No, our lives will never be the same ... but let's show the world what a great country does when its threatened ... and NOT cave in to the economic structure in which we currently live.  We're better than that.  (kk)

Dear Friends:
Nils Lofgren has written and performed a wonderful and touching song regarding 9-11 
titled, "When You Are Loved."
In memory of all who were, and continue to be, affected by this tragic day, he wanted to share this song with you.
We hope you take a listen.
Thank you,
Jeff Albright
--Publicist for Nils Lofgren

"When You Are Loved" - a 9-11 song honoring heroes, victims and families
"When You Are Loved" is a song written to honor the love, courage and spirit of the 9-11 victims and their surviving family members. In this instance, a grieving wife and mother, with a young son, finds the strength and spirit to carry on, honoring her fallen husband and loving their child.
Whether a fireman, policeman, EMT or any of the hundreds of first responders and citizens who heroically gave their lives saving others, in addition to the thousands of victims, the surviving parents and family of every age, now have a mountain of grief to navigate and we all remain inspired and grateful at their dignity and spirit on this lifelong, overwhelming journey.
May God bless you all and may God bless America.
-- Nils Lofgren --

"When You Are Loved"
The crumbling towers, the widowed wife, fatherless son, to share my life
And when the grief has me convinced, I won't survive
Our son holds my face in two soft hands and I'm impossibly alive
When you are loved, when you are loved
Life can be lived, when you are loved
Wakes in your Yankee cap every day, wears it to school, what can I say
And sorrow's dark promise is broken and I'm free
When our sweet little Yankee cries, "Ma, come lay down with me"
When you are loved, when you are loved
Life can be lived, when you are loved
Fatherless son, the widowed wife
We honor you dear, embrace our life
Words and Music by Nils Lofgren
The song is also available on the site (free download) -

And, just a quick reminder (for those of you with Showtime), the brand new Paul McCartney "Making of the Benefit Concert for the Victims of 9-11" documentary special, "The Love We Make" will air this evening (8:00 Central Time) for the first time.  (Meanwhile, VH-1 will air The Concert For New York City" in its entirety on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 4 PM Eastern Time.  It'll run as a 6-hour, uninterrupted event to commemorate this tragic attack on our country.  (kk) 

And, speaking of "The Love We Make", we just received this blurb from FH Reader Dave Barry:

"The Love We Make," 7 p.m. Sept. 10 on Showtime
Paul McCartney was in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, and spent days walking the streets, dropping in at firehouses and eventually joining in the planning of a huge benefit "Concert for New York City" at Madison Square Garden.
Filmmaker Albert Maysles ("Gimme Shelter," "Grey Gardens") followed McCartney, filming him in the same cinema verite style Maysles used for "What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A."
The documentary, by Maysles and Bradley Kaplan, hasn't quite been 10 years in the making, McCartney (via satellite) told TV critics meeting in Los Angeles.
"Albert took some great footage back then that we never did anything with, and it just seemed like it would be a good opportunity," McCartney says. "So I got in touch with Albert and said, 'Is it still all around? You know, would it make into a film?' And he was very enthusiastic. So I think it was reawakened by the 10th anniversary."
In New York after the attacks, "The whole mood of the world, the country of America and particularly the city of New York had changed," McCartney says. "There was fear in the air, and I never experienced that, in particular, in New York. So this was where the idea of doing (the concert) came about."
And during the concert, some of the fear seemed to go away, McCartney recalls.
"It was a really great feeling," he says. "We actually felt like we were doing a bit of good."

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