No matter where you're reading from, I just wanted to say this:
Songs like the ones I post are especially catharic on a day like today. I don't know how I was able to get by for awhile right after September 11th, 2001 without pop music. Maybe it's like sticking your head in the sand, but for me it makes me feel alive at a time when those responsible want the polar opposite. Honestly, while I don't like to bring politics into this blog, sometimes I need that kind of escape from what I keep up on. A good song can bring hope, however frivolous it seems. Not to be flip, but it makes it seem like terrorists "can't hold us down", in the immortal words of Christina Aguilera.
At the time, Enrique Iglesias' "Hero" was adopted as an anthem of sorts, although the song itself has absolutely nothing to do with the firefighters, police officers, and others that risked their lives to help others. It's just a testament to how any simple love song can be take on a new meaning depending on the circumstances.
Hero (Metro Mix) - While I think there's a time for reflection, there's also an opportunity to dream and soar. Not that this is a happy ocassion by any means, but (this is especially directed towards to the Americans, but for everybody) we've got to keep on living. Sorry for being corny, but this uptempo dance-ish remix makes the song 100x better, and I prefer it to the original ballad, especially when said ballad is juxtaposed with news clips.