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Friday BBQ Spotify 9/13/13

No Comments13 September 11:42


World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial Site


I would be remiss if I let this week go by without at least a mention of the September 11 attacks on America in 2001. Some people – families of fallen NYC firefighters and policemen, and friends and loved ones of all who lost their lives that day – would obviously say that as time goes by, it’s difficult to imagine their pain ever completely subsiding. The truth of the matter is though, even if the passage of time doesn’t necessarily heal ALL wounds, it serves to desensitize us to different national tragedies that we experience. That’s why the answer is simple – we can simply never allow ourselves to forget. And one of the best ways I find to feel the memory of that fateful day – beyond the various community and national events that take place – is to listen to the benefit concert recording titled America: A Tribute to Heroes that was created right after the tragedy, and over time has raised over $200 million for the United Way’s September 11 Telethon Fund.


America: A Tribute to Heroes


Unfortunately, Spotify doesn’t have the original songs in their collection, but I was able to reconstruct most of the songs in a fashion that pretty closely resembles how the benefit concert performances were delivered. If you don’t have the original recording, I strongly suggest that you buy it – I’m fairly certain that The United Way still benefits from the purchase. I find that when I listen to these songs as a group once a year, the act serves its intended purpose – I think about the people who lost their lives. I think about my own life, the people that I love, and those that love me so well in return. And more than anything, I don’t forget. We owe that to everyone who so senselessly lost their lives that day in September. We owe it to our children. Our grandchildren and generations to come. But ultimately, we owe it to ourselves. Have a fabulous and thoughtful September weekend everyone.



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Mark is the Business Manager and resident “Smokologist” for Tex Howard’s Pit-Smoked Bar-B-Que. He loves his girls, the San Francisco Giants, the great states of California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, and any food that’s been smoked.

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