1. The Opportunity
In mid-September 2001, about a week after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center towers, Laurie Anderson played a concert at Town Hall in New York City. Here is what she said when she began:
We want to dedicate our music tonight
to the great opportunity that we all have
to begin to truly understand
the events of the past few days,
and to act upon them,
with courage and with compassion,
as we make our plans
to live in a completely new world.
Opportunities we didn’t ask for, opportunities that we fear, are still opportunities. We missed the one we faced back then, but let’s recognize the one we face as a country today — and act upon it.
2. Let’s Renew Ourselves Now
Leonard Cohen, improvising in front of perhaps 600,000 people at the Isle of Wight festival in 1970:
I know it’s been cold, and I know it’s been damp.
I know you’ve been sitting all night long.
But let’s renew ourselves now, let’s renew ourselves now, let’s renew ourselves now.
3. Marchons, Marchons
I don’t care how many times you’ve watched this movie or this scene, it’s impossible to see it without feeling something. So watch it again. And march on, march on.