Marie Colvin had spent most of her professional life reporting the news from war zones across the globe. Famous for her eye-patch which was there because of losing sight in her left eye in the conflict of Sri Lanka in 2001, she never let her injuries or the fear of being killed in duty slow her down. Getting the word out to the world about what was really happening as was the case there in Syria today where the Syrian forces are killing everyone in Homs – was a story that someone had to be there to report , that they are not just looking for rebels, they’re killing innocent babies, women and men it matters not. It was Marie’s to do and she lost her life bringing the truth.
We always try to just present you with the news of the music industry but sometimes as a responsible publication we feel a need to give the readers our thoughts of the tragedies such as flooding, storms and Tsunamis that have taken lives and destroyed entire cities. Music is everywhere on this planet and anywhere that people gather there is song, there is art. Syria, Homs was no exception and it may be decades before the music ever replaces the sounds of gunshots. But it will come to pass and the evil men and their deeds will have all but turned to dust and be accounted for in books and journals.
When a person aspires to be a writer and / or a reporter, it is all in or all out. One just knows what one’s calling is and they follow their destiny, even though it may place them in harm’s way. Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik lost their lives today reporting on the atrocities of yet another stupid war. Colvin was just on Anderson Cooper’s CNN program last night talking via satellite thousands of miles away. I would imagine he is feeling a terrible void for the loss of his friend and comrade, for Marie Colvin comes from a rare mold. One where the spirit is cast separate from the physical being for we are all born essentially the same, even the wicked men who killed Marie and Remi. It’s just that some of us work for the good, the peace, for a better earth and tomorrow.
Bruce J Maier / editor publisher / damngoodtunes