That picture of the remarkable statue was taken by me not long ago.
It is prominently displayed at St. Ephrem's R.C. Church, about a mile or so from where I live in Brooklyn, an area with traditional values and a long memory.
To be honest, I was quite surprised to see September 11th falling on a Tuesday this year- man, I gotta check the calendar more closely and often!
That's the day of the show, when it is broadcast terrestrially over the airwaves.
And those airwaves fell silent for months after Sept. 11, 2001 because our transmitter, like so many others, was atop the fallen World Trade Center.
But sometimes hastily assembled shows turn out very well.
I hope that is the case here.
In this Part One, I decided to go right into a couple of things to start the show, because they seemed so much better than anything I could have said to begin.
Following that, it was time to at least acknowledge the aggression I always feel on this day, with songs that in a way share that feeling inside me...probably not the intention at all of the songwriters.
It is a balancing act that I juggle each year providing you with a thoughtful show or shows for 9/11, all the while dealing with and attempting to hide the seething anger that comes with this still sensitive subject and day.
And talking about things, along with music to soothe the savage beast, can sometimes help in that department.
So then I'll have some music for you that might be the proper, charitable way to think on this solemn day.
It will be interesting later today to hear if any of this is censored at the over-the-air place- but for you, the complete presentation in its entirety.
I make no apologies, bow to no one, I am just being me.
Using music again as my personal Western Union to deliver a message.
At the very least, in this opener and the second half of the show to come, you will get to know me better.
Here are the links to get to some music with real feeling, at Mike Pell Rockollections: