Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Saints Are Coming video

This is my first posted YouTube video, so I hope it comes out OK.

U2 and Green Day first performed their version of this song at the New Orleans Saints' "homecoming" game at the Louisiana Superdome.

The proceeds from the song (which is a rewrite of a 1978 punk anthem by the Skids*) will go to a charity called Music Rising, which helps replace musical instruments lost in Hurricane Katrina. Since music is the lifeblood of NOLA, what this charity is doing is nothing short of soul retrieval.

The video is brilliant, but I can't help wondering if some dense folks will walk away from it thinking the U.S. Government really did divert troops from Iraq to help Katrina victims. ("Dude, it's true! I saw it on that Green Day video, there were like fighter jets 'n' everything!")

*The lead singer of the Skids, Stuart Adamson, went on to form Big Country in the 80s. "The Storm," off Big Country's debut album The Crossing, still ranks as my #1 Song to Drive Through a Car Wash To.

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Wow, that's really powerful. Thanks for posting that; I'm glad I saw it. It really drives home the resources we have at our disposal, and how they weren't put to use at all.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 10/30/2006 10:06 PM

Thanks for posting that. That was a really cool game to watch btw.

We did have reserves but it was nothing like what was shown. And, the Reservists were local people coming home on leave. So pretty much they were victims and not really in a support type role. Which has gotta be crappy and sad. Come home for that 2 week vacation and then see your house and your family and all that. Then go back to war. -shakes my head- wow. That is probably one of the most jacked up things.

Posted by: Blogger GeekyDad at 12/02/2006 7:15 AM

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