Volume 95, Issue 10

Tuesday, September 18, 2001
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The new Plan calls for an ass kickin' good time

The Glass House shatters

Keanu gets it right in the 'hood

Hissy Fit: adding a little spunk to punk

Don't be silenced by tragedy

Tielli solo is a no-go

This is for sure, tweaker rocks

Don't be silenced by tragedy

Chiu on this
Andrea Chiu
A&E Editor

We will always remember where we were on September 11, 2001 – the moment we heard news of the horrific acts of terrorism in the United States. We have all been affected in one way or another and our lives are forever changed.

As the world scrambles to make sense of the violence and deaths of so many innocent victims, the entertainment industry contemplates their roles in the lives of the public.

This month's Emmy Awards were postponed to October and both the Latin Grammy Awards and Canada's own MuchMusic Video Awards were cancelled.

While I agree this is a period of grievance, I'm upset by the thought so many musicians are replacing their music with silence.

Many of my friends who are musicians or artists of other kinds are lost right now. They are rethinking their roles, debating just how important their artistic expressions are in times when the "little things" in life seem so trivial.

Perhaps they feel guilty because music is often looked upon as a celebration. So, as a response, musicians are cancelling shows and in some cases, entire tours because they feel it's disrespectful, to the victims and their families, to continue.

I do not doubt the celebratory qualities art and music possess and I do not make light of this past week's events. I too, have been overwhelmed by sadness, fear and anger.

To the musicians, painters, writers and artists of all kinds, who have expressed themselves in beautiful and creative ways in the past, do not let this tragedy silence you.

Expression, be it in music or another art form, is a wonderful gift and it can help us heal. I'm not saying a simple song can possibly sum up one's thoughts and emotions at this time, but it may provide us with a momentary escape.

More importantly, it can act as therapy and help us make sense in troubled times like these when we feel overwhelmed by tragic events.

Don't let the terrorists' attacks make you feel embarrassed about performing, going to a live show, creating new art or putting out a new CD. Don't let them take away everything you've worked hard for; they've already taken enough.

Music is therapy, both for those who create it and those who enjoy it. But if we are afraid to use it, listen to it and think about it, then perhaps, in a way, they've already won.

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