Well this is it, the Finale.
It's been a long trip, gathering Reflections and Remembrance.
After all, apart from some deeply personal instances, 9/11 is THE single most affecting event in my life!
For some reason tonight, I have this vivid memory of the Mets' Mike Piazza hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning to beat the Braves in the first Baseball game played in New York after those damnable attacks on Sept. 11th 2001.
And how much that tiny incident in the scale of things meant to me and the city...we were desperate for something good!
What I don't remember ever happening is what took place opening this 2nd half of the show- going in I didn't have a clue as to how I would end this whole series.
Now, months ago I knew what the opening song would be, but the last one?
It is Free-Form Radio, but with something as important to me as an ending, that sometimes is the first thing I think of- either the ending song or the opening song or both- if not, I usually have a few ideas, and I make the choice at the last moment.
Some possibilities were a gentle My Country 'Tis Of Thee done by David Crosby, or The House I Live In by Frank Sinatra from a short movie produced in 1945- but they just weren't cutting it.
And this had been an introspective journey for me, trying to find something good inside using Music as my guide.
So I went ahead and started this last chapter with songs of Love and Peace, and while that's a nice way to think, they don't do much to heal the still open wound in me, or the anger.
Suddenly I thought of Hope...there should always be that.
And I had my ending!
After 4 shows, 4 hours, seeking some kind of solace, am I any different?
I'll answer that in here.
And I'd be interested in how you feel after 10 years, with or without listening to what I played.
God Bless America!
Now that will always remain proudly the same for me!
Here's the link for the ending to an emotional series only Music could fulfill so well, at WLSO.FM: