I just wanted to write a note to let you know that my family and I are safe and doing well after the horrible attacks of September 11th. Although we live in Manhattan, we were no where near the World Trade Center at the time of the attacks.
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to anyone who lost a friend or family member in the events that day, I'm so sorry. This is a sad time for all of mankind.
I've been a New Yorker for 21 years and I love the city, I have however mentioned in my shows that it can also be a lonely place. I even wrote the song Naked City about that feeling. Now after witnessing the love and self sacrifice that my fellow New Yorkers have shown for each other during this terrible time I don't think I'll ever feel lonely here again.
In the past, through a few isolated incidents publicized by the media, the people of New York have gotten a bad rap for being uncaring towards their neighbors and not wanting to get involved. This week has proven that nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone here has really banded together to help each other out.
Crime has been practically at a standstill throughout the city. The survivor stories have not been of panicked, selfish people trampling each other to save themselves and escape, but of people stopping to help other's who were having more difficulty getting to safety. An enormous amount of people have volunteered to help in the rescue effort. If they're not qualified to dig through the rubble searching for survivors (they had thousands volunteer but had to limit it to trained rescue workers) then they're donating blood, preparing food or bringing work clothes for the rescue workers (I read that among the clothes donated to the workman was a Victoria Secret velvet spaghetti strap teddy. I hope this was put to good use). Basically doing whatever they are told can do the most good.I am so proud of all my neighbors.
It's great that so many people all across the nation have been have been getting involved the relief efforts. Our future may seem a bit uncertain right now but if we can sustain this kind of love for each other I'm sure we'll be all right.
God Bless America.
Peace and Love,