Damn Kids Singing to Firefighters


When I realized that the tenth anniversary of 9/11 would fall on a Sunday, I was relieved for wholly selfish reasons: I wouldn’t have to spend a workday worried about whether my lighthearted business of joking about TV was inappropriate. I was prepared to let the day pass without any kind of reflection, as there are countless other outlets that have already done it in more expansive and meaningful ways (such as New York Magazine’s Encyclopedia of 9/11 and Esquire’s Surviving the Fall).

Then I saw the State Farm 9/11 tribute in which kids sing “Empire State of Mind” to a bunch of New York firefighters (video below), and I almost cried because I’m apparently a 50-year-old housewife from Duluth. I should probably stop blogging and just bake you all some cookies.

So yeah, 9/11 gets a post. Along with the State Farm video below, I’ve included a couple more photos and links to poignant stuff or cultural ephemera that caught my eye.

Artist Jason Powell holds up pictures of the tragedies in front of the now-peaceful scenes of the attacks. [flickr]

“Mountain Dew or Crab Juice.” “Blecch! Ew! Sheesh! I’ll take a crab juice.” [caps via Eye on Springfield]

And lastly, because I watch it every year: Jon Stewart’s first “Daily Show” monologue after 9/11. It gets me every time.