13 years. We’ve hit the teens.
Everyone has a story from that “infamous day in September”. Whether you were in the tristate area, in a different part of the country, or even a different one all together, we all remember where we were that day. It is our generation’s, “Where were you when JFK was assassinated?”
I was a geeky freshmen in high school when the Trade Center was attacked. I remember thinking it was a joke at first. How could someone attack our country? Weren’t we on top of the world? How young and naive of me. As the year passed, I continued to reflect back to that day, which was so terrible and gut wrenching for most, and try to be thankful that most of my family and friends made it out relatively unharmed. It took me a long time to get over the heaviness that surrounds that day.
Normally I wouldn’t be found anywhere near the city on 9/11, but on the 10th anniversary something told me to go to Jesse Ruben’s show at the small Lower East Side bar. Boy, am I glad I did. He debuted his song, ‘Carry On’ for the first time. I don’t think I have ever heard a venue so quiet. In that tiny bar we all stood together hanging on his every lyric. It didn’t matter if you didn’t know the person next to you, we all came together in those few minutes. I think that was the moment that really solidified how much music brings people together.
I urge you to take a listen, feel all your feelings and call someone you love today.
"And I believe in forgiveness. I believe in peace, and I think love is a privilege that everyone needs.” - Jesse Ruben