- I'm sure most of us of more than, oh,19, have been asked what they were doing when they heard about or saw the 9/11/2001 attacks. I heard about the first plane by a call from a buddy over the CB radio. He heard it was a private plane. I looked at what was happening on customers' TVs intermittently as I made my pickups and drop-offs, but I finished my work day.
During the hours from 9/11/01 to 9/13/01 I wrote the world's very first musical response to the incident, a song titled "The Red White and Blues." I played it at the Cushing (OK) Blues Festival with my band the next week, and recorded it for my 2002 release, "Big Shoes to Fill."
It was, along with the late Dave Dudley's 2001 song "You Ain't Gonna Truck With Us," ("Dave Dudley, American Trucker," Music Mill Entertainment Inc.), the most unalloyed expression of the hurt and anger the nation collectively felt at the act someone had done, actually reaching across the ocean and striking at our homeland.
I could never have written the song a year later. Our naive butt-hurt feelings had by the second half of 2002 paled before the evidence that the Official Narrative was shot through with lies, omissions, cowardice, cover-ups, a freaking stadium full of red flags waving.
As I've told others, I cannot think to right the wrongs of 2001 or ever know the truth of it. I don't have the money to conduct a comprehensive investigation. Even justice in the Oklahoma City Murrah Bombing case, something I have researched, and for which I used to be able to imagine scenarios in which I could generate sufficient capital to pay the necessary personnel that could bring such justice, has inflated beyond the means of myself or any other non-super-rich investigator.
It is part of-- at the core of-- the behavioral psychological paradigm sought by those who instruct the political managers of this nation: make sure people become USED to their leaders lying to them, by policy, institutionally. When people are inured to being lied to, their disapproval of lying behavior (especially when lying, cheating, stealing and killing are constantly glamorized by an institution that EVERYONE thinks is "good" and "fun"-- Hollywood), is diluted.
And although the private crimes of a Bernie Madoff might make big scandal news, the crimes of, for instance, the US' international connivance with Turkey to allow Turkey to fight the Kurds it doesn't like but let the ones that WE like alone-- and not even to mention the arming and training of ISIL back when we thought they were reasonable, "moderate rebel" tools against Assad even when we knew they were al-Qaeda already-- scream from the headlines but are lost in the howling hurricane of information overload in the minds of almost all citizens.
- And there's nothing more that we can do
You and I, we're only twoWhat's right what's wrong it's hard to sayForget about it for todayW'e'll stick our heads into the sandJust pretend that all is planned,And hope that everything comes out okay
- __The Ostrich, John Kay (Steppenwolf)
I am Watermelon Slim.
(Article changed on August 19, 2015 at 01:37)