There was a scene in Twin Peaks, when Dale had a vision of the giant come to him at the local bar. All the giant kept saying was, “It is happening again.” It’s terrifying and disruptive; the whole place feels it, even though they didn’t see what Dale saw. That’s how I feel right now.
I’ve got two songs here: one I’ve posted a couple of times in response to horrific violence; the other is the one true thing I know, which everyone needs to remember now and always. Here’s hoping I don’t have to post either one again any time soon.
I’ve been in this beautiful city, and I am horrified about what happened tonight there. I don’t have any words to express the sorrow I feel for everyone involved.
I thought about posting a song by Eagles of Death Metal, the group whose concert was attacked; but they’re just a little too silly to listen to right now. Traditional French music and the French national anthem just seem out of place. (And the national anthem is just a bit too violent. We need less violence, not more. Although I think the French people are right to rally themselves with it.) Edith Piaf didn’t fit either. The scope of this tragedy is too big for most music to handle.
But then I stumbled across this video of a violinist playing outside Notre Dame, and it seemed to encompass both everything I loved about that city and everything I’m feeling right now.