Monday, October 31, 2005

My 9-11 Song

Nothin’ like a little terrorism in your own country to make you appreciate the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. Nothin’ like a little terrorism in your own country to make you appreciate everything from a moonlit night on your front porch as neighbors pass to an ice cream cone after your child’s Little League game. Nothin' like a little terrorism in your own country to spawn all sorts of new art, from breathtaking photos of the aftermath at ground zero, to paintings, poetry, and music.

To be honest, I didn’t expect to write a song about 9-11. I knew many would, and though I was deeply affected by the attack, I couldn’t think of an angle that would not somehow be inappropriate. It was just too huge. What business does one little man who lives in Oregon have, writing a song about such an horrific event, thousands of miles away from those who lived the tragedy?

But one day, with no ”angle” in mind, a song came through, which pays attention to that feeling of taking our freedom for granted, which all of us Americans, I think, can relate to. It appears on my 2002 CD, “Useful Information”, and it is titled, “Don’ Know What You Got”.

Listen to : "Don' Know What You Got"
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