The images coming out of New York and New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy are devastating. They pale in comparison to the sounds of citizens wailing to go home but home is now piles of storm-strewn rubble. Last night, NBC Universal broadcast “Coming Together,” a concert to raise money for Red Cross relief efforts in the Tri-State area. Famous NY-NJ performers returned to Rockefeller Center to lend their voices to the fundraiser. Christina Aguilera opened the show with her hit “Beautiful”. It was forgettable in her inimitably glottal, melodramatic, overdone way.
Jon Bon Jovi’s medley of “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” and “Livin’ On A Prayer” moved me to tears. Whether this guy rocks out an arena of thousands or plays an intimate acoustic set to camera, Bon Jovi knows how to connect with an audience. He chose the right songs with the right message delivered in the right way to accomplish his goal. Bon Jovi is one of the good guys who pays it forward. We should all do the same. If you’re reading this post contemporaneously with the disaster, texting REDCROSS to 90999 on your cell phone will donate $10.00 to the Red Cross. If you’re reading this post soon or long afterwards, please make a donation to the American Red Cross or even your local chapter.
Living in hurricane central, we in The Zone fully understand Mother Nature’s wrath. However, when storms hit us, oppressive heat and humidity usually follows, not the first bite of winter. Cold and wet and homeless is no way for anyone to start the holiday season. Click here to see how else you can help. Do what you can. In the meantime, Jon will sing you out.