The Concert for Civility, Respect and Understanding, One Year Later
Many thanks to all who read, commented on and circulated my magnum opus about the first Concert for Civility, Respect and Understanding organized by Jackson Browne last March to memorialize the victims and the emotional impact on our community of the January 8, 2011 shootings.
If you missed that lengthy review, which covered all the damaged parts the music touched, you’ll find it here in the No Depression blog archives.
News reports about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery have kept the world in touch with her progress. Tucson is progressing through its grief, as well, in part by keeping busy with the many wonderful programs that have sprung up to help us do that, and to channel all that energy and emotion into positive directions.
Giffords staffer Ron Barber, who is still recovering physically and emotionally from two gunshot wounds, has redirected his pain, and the terror of his memories, to his Foundation for Civility, Respect and understanding, which cares for victims, contributes to programs to improve how we recognize and treat mental health problems, encourages more civil discourse, especially in politice, and helps support all that with fundraising concerts. The second concert took place Sunday, Feb. 15, at Tucson’s restored Fox Theatre. (Some of you may have seen the Fox when Amos Lee performed there in a recent Live From the Artists Den concert.)
In case you’re interested in how things are progressing musically, here’s my review in Tucson Weekly.
Thanks to all who have helped us carry the weight.
See C. Elliot’s album of wonderful photos here.