Saturday, September 10, 2005

Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast

Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927"

Last night's broadcast of "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast" to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims was about sincere as television can be.

An array of musicians donated their time and music unselfishly much as they did for the 9/11 "Tribute to Heroes", Tsunami Aid benefit telethon, and the recent Live 8 concerts.

While politicians finger point, blame shift and blather, at least our musicians try and give us all a little hope and try and make a difference.

Randy Newman's began the concert with the apt "Louisiana 1927" about a hurricane that the Army Corps of Engineers assured New Orleanian's that the levees would hold but they didn't in 1927 or again in 2005. Newman sang:
"President Coolidge came down in a railroad train
With a little fat man with a note pad in his hand
The President say, "Little fat man, isn't it a shame what the river has done
To this poor crackers land."
Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tryin' to wash us away."

U2 and Mary J. Blige on "One"

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl

Neil Young's "When God Made Me"

More commentary and analysis of Neil Young performing "When God Made Me" from the forthcoming Prairie Wind CD. Also, photos from Young's ReACT NOW performance.

Paul Simon

Dixie Chicks with Robert Randolph

Cheryl Crow

Kanye West's "Jesus Walks."

More on Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast

Information on how you can help - Hurricane Katrina Resources


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