Last month was my first month with the Gazette. I was excited to try my hand at writing, I was excited to get a chance to do the album review, and I was excited that one of my favorite bands had just put out a new album. It was a no-brainer for me that the first article I wrote would be about the brand new Eagles of Death Metal album. A couple of weeks later, the magazine printed and distributed all over Denver and Northern Colorado. It was amazing to see my article in print and show off my work to my friends.
Then, just a few days later I casually opened my Facebook app and was inundated by the news: there had been a large, coordinated terrorist attack in Paris and the largest target was the Eagles of Death Metal concert at Le Bataclan. I couldn’t believe what I read. I spent the rest of the day muddling through conflicting reports, reading information and misinformation, trying to piece together whatever facts I could. But I don’t want to talk to about that. By the time this article hits print, the news will be several weeks old and we will no doubt have a much clearer picture of what really happened.
I want to talk about going forward from here. This is a sad time for all of us, especially those of us with connections to the music industry or in France. But it will soon be forgotten. By the time people read this, many will probably have moved on with their lives, but we can’t forget about those who haven’t. Who won’t. Who can’t.
In times of tragedy, it is important to focus not only on the act but more importantly what can be done to help those in needs. Not just after a tragedy but ongoing. We must reevaluate what it means to be global citizens of a larger community.
Blood banks have been flooded in the last few days, as they are when any tragedy happens, but it’s too late to help the victims. They need supplies in reserves before tragedies strike, and the supply will begin to dry up again as people forget what happened and start to grow apathetic once more to the plight. Then the cycle will continue with our next great catastrophe. Let this article serve as a reminder. Blood banks may be especially desperate in times like these, but they are always in need. If you want to help, you can learn more or find a location to donate at redcross.org/blood.
Use this chance to make a positive change. If you don’t want to give blood, there are countless ways to make a difference, whether you support the victims in France or help out in your own community. Remember that the reason for these attacks is to spread fear, uncertainty, mistrust and unease. To sow chaos in our own homes. To provoke a retaliation. Use this chance to show the world that these tactics won’t work.
Lastly I would like to make a special request that we continue to support live music. The members of the band will be haunted by the memory of Nov. 13 for the rest of their lives. The music community mourns with them and no doubt fears for their own safety, but they will continue to play shows for us all and need our support and encouragement now more than ever before. Let’s give it to them.