New York Tribute and Playlist

Before I begin this playlist, I would like to apologize for not really blogging the past two weeks. School and life kept me busy and I haven’t had enough time to write anything. And now on with the tribute.

Recently on this 9/11 10th anniversary, I’ve seen several posts on blogs, web sites, and social networking profiles where friends of mine discussed their thoughts on where they were and what they thought of this tragic day. While my own thoughts were a bit confusing on the day of 9/11/2001 itself, I do remember tributes to New York afterwards, and the overarching belief that the US should help New York heal and that the citizens should reach outto each other; for the record, I agree. While much has changed because of 9/11, New York and the US have shown that they are survivors. To this end, I would like to make a tribute to New York in playlist form. Before I begin I would like to thank musician/actor/dj Steven VanZandt for indirectly inspiring this; he does a tribute to New York every year around 9/11 on his radio show.

    Frank Sinatra- “New York New York”: Obvious choice this one, I’m sure, but a great tribute to the city; I thought I start the playlist with this.

    Simon & Garfunkel: “The Only Living Boy in New York”: A more lonely song, but pretty nonetheless. Disclosure: I hadn’t heard this song before looking for songs for this post.

    Dion-“King of the New York Streets”: Steven VanZandt played this singer and songwriter’s music during his New York tribute; I’m not sure if he played this song though. Unlike the first two singers, Dion is a New York native.

    John Lennon-“New York City”: This man is definitely not from New York City, but anyone who knows of his life and death would know that he is very much connected to it.

The Ramones “Sheena is a Punk Rocker”: I waffled between including this or there song “Rockaway Beach,” or I could’ve included “53rd and 3rd” which admittedly is a darker, if no less catchier, song, but something about the line “New York City really has it all” really caught me. The Ramones are also a NYC band as is…

    The Velvet Underground “I’m Waiting for the Man”: The Velvet Underground and it’s frontman Lu Reed are known for New York City; I saw Lu Reed in concert—which was awesome—and he did songs which definitely had a NYC character about them; a friend of mine called his music New York gospel music.

    And now I think I’ll end this playlist. I could’ve included many more songs, but I’d like to save some for future posts on NYC tributes; I hope to make this playlist posting a regular feature. I put together this playlist to show how New York has managed to survive in the hearts, minds, and popular imaginations of people the world over. Luckily, the tragedy of 9/11 did not dampen either NYC’s or the US’s spirit, and for that I’m glad. I think it is sad to note how people have become more fearful and prejudiced since then, but I’ll save that for another post. Stay strong everyone.

Update:  No unlike what my roomate thinks, I don’t only listen to older music. *laugh* 😉  Of course you might not be able to guesss from this list.

8 responses to “New York Tribute and Playlist

  1. Thanks Stefanie, I really enjoyed your New York City playlist. It definitely offered an interesting balance of styles of music, as presented by an equally varied list of artists. Each of whom has, besides the music you selected, personal ties to the city that go way back. Which, of course, not only helps define them, as well as their long standing, very productive careers, but also, in a sense, creates an altogether seamless musical bridge, of sorts, between them that will never be forgotten, undone, or, in any way, replaced.

    • Thank you John. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it. I noticed when I made the playlist that exactly half the artists were either native New Yorkers as in the case of Dion, or formed in New York as in the case of the Velvet Underground and the Ramones. And as I wrote, I could’ve made aidifferent list entirely.

  2. I like your comments about 9/11. Music can be used to heal wounds. I almost lost my parents when the towers fell, so I have a somewhat uncomfortable connection to 9/11.

    Now, just to put you on the spot, just when does “older music” music begin. In what year(careful there young lady, I was born when Ike Einsenhower was your President)

    • Hahaha. The older music comment refers to something that my roommate said once. She always makes fun of me for really liking music from the 1950’s and 1960’s. I think if she saw it, she know I was refering to her. Lol. She and I kinda mess with each other.

      Refering to how radio programmers seem to view categorizing music by decade though: it seems weird to call music from the 1980’s “oldies”. I don’t know if it’s because that the decade I was born in or what?

      Thanks for your comments. 🙂

  3. Pingback: “The Only Living Boy in New York” — Simon and Garfunkel « HI-FI Lives

    • Yeah. I found lots of songs when I was searching for this post. I wanted to keep some for other ny tributes. Before I didn’t realize just how many songs are about NY, or mention it. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

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