Tornadoes halt the music again

Bruce J Maier

When tragedy strikes and people lose their lives, it is hard to stay focused on what it is that we are here to do – report about music. The main reason we mention the storms, floods and fires of recent months here in a web magazine that is supposed to be all about the music and the music only, is because wherever tragedy strikes there was music and musicians living nearby. We can’t just turn our heads away and pretend that it didn’t happen where people have come to suffer from these events so we mention it here so that you, our readers will consider how fortunate we all are and that we may find it in our hearts to help in some way.

The people of Joplin Missouri and Tuscallosa Alabama and several other southern and eastern towns have been devastated by the rash of tornadoes and the folks living around there who escaped the sudden death of these furious winds have been left with nothing. Their homes, cars, valuables, pets, shopping centers, gas stations and some community services buildings like Fire stations have been totally demolished.

We have created a list of resources and websites where we all can offer our help and also to connect with the latest information on this disaster in hopes that together we who have so much might give a little to our extended human family. This writer has experienced total loss in a home fire and again later in a flood and has known the shock and emotions watching it all be destroyed in minutes. To stand in line at the Red Cross or the Salvation Army for a motel room voucher , a hot meal and clothing I can honestly say that nothing humbles one to such a degree as losing nearly everything you have to the elements of nature or the nature of man’s mistakes.

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3 Responses to “Tornadoes halt the music again”

  1. Thanks for the reminder, Bruce, that everybody needs help sometime.

  2. Kate Davenport Says:

    Thanks Bruce! I live not far from Joplin and we have been holding fundraisers and donating goods to send to the victims. People have been very supportive of the relief efforts there. It’s also bringing out a lot of first time blood donors. It lured me into doing it for the first time and really it isn’t a bad experience! Once you get passed the idea of it the hardest part is filling out the questionnaire! 🙂

    • Kate; That’s terrific that you got involved and helped out. I may have mentioned that I’ve lost everything-twice, once to a fire and again to a flood in my lifetime. It’s hard to pick up, especially when you lose things like childrens pictures of keepsakes. Trace Adkins the Country star just lost everything in a fire last Friday. Fortunately his wife and daughters were not in the home at the time and he was on tour. Money means nothing when you lose your home.

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