Words from the Editor’s Desk
It’s Wednesday September 12 at 1:42pm MST. Normally I would be transcribing and finishing my update for the new month to hit my deadline of the second Thursday of the month. After yesterday nothing is normal.
Last night I watched too much footage of the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and Pennsylvania. I cried. I prayed. I e-mailed as many people I could think of whom I know in New York. I still am waiting word on too many. As far as I know I know no one directly who works at the WTC, but in this business six degrees of separation is usually less than one.
I have a CD playing in the background. Normally I would try to list Shows of the Week, but when Clear Channel, House of Blues and Pollstar aren’t sure what will play and what won’t, I hesitate to. I wish every show, CD release, and event was going to happen, but honestly, I don’t know.
I have a list by my computer of artists whom I want to contact. Right now it feels like blasphemy to want to contact any of them. There are times for life to return to normal. There are times to grieve. There are times for music. There are times for business. After Tuesday I can’t tell you when any of them begin or end.
I’ve been reading about whom may or may not be responsible. Was it Saddam? Was it Bin-Laden? Was it Islamic Jihad? What now? Will the President make us a military state and build a “star wars” system that will intercept airplanes or circumcise Bin-Laden from ten miles up? Will my friends who were in the service be called up? Will I be drafted?
I remember ten years ago watching another President named Bush-sending troops into a war zone. The feeling of shock and dread is no different now.
Twenty-four hours ago I didn’t know if my own city would explode as the rest of the world seemed to. I still don’t. Yesterday the world stopped. Today is a different day, and there will be tomorrows.
In terms of priorities, a website on women in music seems insignificant today. Tomorrow it may not seem so, but for today, hearing word from friends in all the places effected is much more important. Next week we’ll have an update and new issue. Today we only have prayers for all of those who have lost ones in this tragedy.