Song of the day 9/12

Posted: September 12, 2011 in J.C. Personal
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The day after the 10th anniversary of September 11th, the song of the day is one with a connection to September 11th. From his 2001 album “Gold”, the song is the Grammy award nominee for best male rock vocal, Ryan Adams’s “New York, New York”.

For those of you not familiar with Ryan Adams, he is an Alt Country singer/songwriter from North Carolina. Originally part of the band Whiskytown, Adams found greater success as a solo artist and with the backing band The Cardinals.

“New York, New York” went to number 53 on the UK charts and is listed in the British daily national newspaper, The Guardian’s list of 1000 songs everyone must hear. In the U.S., the song rose to number 18 on the Billboard Adult Top 40, but only 112 on the Hot 100. (I can’t figure that out either)

Other than the name of the song, the tie-in to 9/11 is the music video which shows Adams performing in Brooklyn against the backdrop of the New York skyline. The video was filmed on September 7, 2001, so it is among the last famous video pieces to feature the standing towers. When the video was released for play on MTV and VH1, a message was placed at the end, dedicating the video to those that died and to “those who worked to save them”. Adams donated all profits from the video to a September 11th charity.

The song is told from the point of view of someone who has experienced heartbreak in New York City and is thinking about some of the rougher times with his now ex. He has since moved from the city, but is now remembering it fondly. The song contains specific references like “Lived in an apartment out on Avenue A” and “Used to take the subway up to Houston and 3rd”.

The people that live in New York and the rest of America, at least once a year, share the sentiment of the song “I’ll always love you New York”.

As we relived the horrific images yesterday from ten years ago, I hope you all sent some love toward the city that still hurts for those lost.

See ya on the “B” side


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