What helped you following September 11?
Following the attacks on September 11, many have looked to art, in all its forms, for consolation. Did art help comfort you following the attacks? If so, which piece and how did it help?
For me, the entire U2 album "All That You Can't Leave Behind" helped comfort me in the hours and days following 9/11. Although the record came out a year before, many of the songs ("New York", "Peace On Earth", "Stuck In A Moment", and "Walk On" to name a few) certainly struck an emotional chord. Keeping in mind that the songs were released back in 2000, quite powerful is the following passage from "Peace On Earth": "They're reading names out
Over the radio;
Folks the rest of us
Will never know.
Sean and Julia,
Garreth, Ann, and Breda,
Their lives are bigger than
Any big idea."
Tony , Brookline, MA
The song "where were you" by Alan Jackson really hit home. I felt like I wasn't grieving alone.
Karen , Plymouth
The song that comes to my mind and helped the healing process for me was "Hero" by Enrique Inglesias. The song was released right around 9/11. Listening to the words made me think about all the "heroes" to sacrificed their lives helping others. Most especially, I think of the many family members and friends who have shown courage and grace, vowing to always keep their memories alive.
Kristen , Malden, MA
U2's entire All That You Can't Leave Behind album is incredibly spiritual - it's all about love and courage.
I found a lot of the e-mail pictures I received to be comforting. Particularly the picture of the flag raising at the WTC and Iwo Jima. I've put that on all computers I come in contact with as wallpaper. The crying eagle I've made as a screensaver, and the sketch of all the victims before our Saviour in the clouds over the WTC is hung in my home office.