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9/11: Does This Mean We've Moved On?

Posted by Ben Collins, Today's Soundtrack  September 11, 2010 02:59 PM

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A few weeks after 9/11, there was that sort of pubescent time period where we were all still scared, walking around in a daze, hearing stories of people actually helping strangers on the street, for some reason. I was 13, and I remember asking every authority figure imaginable this exact question:

“When is everything going to be totally back to normal?”

Well, I don’t know exactly when it happened. But it just may have happened.

We still have idiots, yes -- people trying to capitalize on a tragedy to make a cheap, misguided political point.

But here we are, on the nine-year anniversary 9/11, and do you know what’s going to fill a 1,200-person theatre 30 blocks from Ground Zero tonight?

Professional wrestling.

Assuming the dynamics of pro wrestling haven’t changed from when I last watched it, several 250-pound men from New Jersey (presumably) will be hitting each other in the head with large bouquets of barbed wire in memoriam.

Ten blocks north of there, a nice orchestral indie pop band called Airborne Toxic Event will churn out hooks until you forget what day it is, and no one will think twice about their name.

Does this mean we’ve moved on?

Today's Soundtrack: Airborne Toxic Event - Does This Mean We’re Moving On?

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Ben Collins can't help but search beyond Feist for the zeitgeist of Today's Soundtrack, his pick of a song or songs capturing the mood or events of the moment. His musical tastes vary from Strawberry Fields to The Magnetic Fields, from Low to Skee-Lo. A North Shore native, Ben has worked at The Boston Globe and Spin and is an Emerson grad. Make your own nominations to him at ben.t.collins@comcast.net or on Twitter @globesoundtrack. More »

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