Friday Favorites 9/27/2013

stingconcertOn September 11, 2013, Sting had planned a private concert for a select audience in front of his residence in Tuscany, Italy.  According to Sting … and certain videos on You Tube … when the planes hit the World Trade Center in New York, he and the musicians decided to proceed with the concert.  Prior to the very appropriate opening number, Fragile, Sting talks about their decision and dedicates it to those that lost their lives in the collapse of the Towers.  Given the events of today, this simply can’t be a joyous occasion, he says and the haunting version of Fragile that follows is a testament to that fact.

The concert featured an eclectic mix of musicians, including Chris Botti on trumpet, Jason Rubello on piano, and Christian McBride on double bass.  The performances included many of hits by The Police and Sting, delivered in the heavily jazz-tinged style that Sting has evolved toward since going solo.

Of course, in this cynical world in which every event, including 9-11, is dissected by internet conspiracy theorists, the authenticity of the story documented on the video of the concert is questioned by “sources” like CluesForum.comCluesForum claims Sting was lying about the decision and for some reason cites his connections to the big masonic-zionist world of Hollywood and L.A.  Then again, a follow-up comment links the success of The Police to the CIA.  Who’d have guessed that?  If you have a strong stomach … and want to see the crazed mind of the conspiracy theorist at work … you can take a look here.

Meanwhile, what emerged from that concert was a remarkable performance and one of my favorite CDs, All This Time.   It was also released as a DVD dedicated to the victims of 9-11.  You can find many of the performances on YouTube.  The lyrics to Fragile were included in the packaging of both:

If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one
Drying in the colour of the evening sun
Tomorrow’s rain will wash the stains away
But something in our minds will always stay
Perhaps this final act was meant
To clinch a lifetime’s argument
That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could
For all those born beneath an angry star
Lest we forget how fragile we are

On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are how fragile we are
How fragile we are how fragile we are

My favorite number from the concert is a medley of A Thousand Years and A Perfect Love – Gone Wrong that features beautiful piano, bass and horn solos.

Simply beautiful.  Friday Favorite.  Sometimes, small beautiful things arise from the rubble of tragedy.

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