let me clarify something before I continue here, I was born and raised
in the USA, and this country has been wonderful to me and my family. I
firmly believe that our founding fathers were brilliant men who created
a plan for the best government this planet has ever seen. We are blessed
to live and work in a land where we can say what we feel, worship how we
choose, pursue any career we want to, and truly embrace multiple
cultures. Why, in the last update I shared with
you how I was honored to play and sing our national anthem "The Star
Spangled Banner" at an Angel's baseball game... Believe me, I
appreciate, support and love the United States of America.
everyone appreciates and loves this country. Many people in the Middle
East downright hate America. And despite the fact that propaganda has a
large influence on how any of us anywhere think, there must be a reason
for some of them to hate us so much. Of course the USA doesn't hijack
jumbo passenger jets and commit mass murder on innocent civilians. And
just writing that last sentence and thinking about the events that
happened on September 11, chills me to the marrow...
But... all we
hear 24 hours a day here is that this is a simple battle of good versus
evil. And I think we need to take a harder and more objective look at
some of our governments past foreign policies, and possibly admit that
we have made some mistakes. The USA has supported some rulers and
governments in the middle east over the past several decades that have
been horrific, oppressive, murderous monsters.
Osama Bin Laden himself was once trained and equipped
with weapons that the US gave him. Even more importantly, hundreds of
thousands of innocent civilians have died in Iraq since we initiated
sanctions against that government. That is certainly one reason why many
in that part of the world feels so negatively about America.
I'm not saying we were wrong to initiate those sanctions, and I'm not
saying any of those decisions were easy calls for anyone to make, but I
think we need to admit that there's more to the picture than we've been
hearing on our news lately. And I hope through communication and
humanitarian efforts we can stop this awful cycle of violence and death.
Having said that, I also want to add that I support our president, and I
agree that now we must stay the path and continue to root out the
terrorist groups that plague our planet and bring them to justice.
Like I said, I'm not a politician or a military expert... I just
want to see our children live in peace. All of our children. Regardless
of what language they speak or what religion they practice.
moving on... Since the last update I've been working as a voice over
artist, doing various projects. I actually had to work on September
11th. I did a Farmer's Insurance commercial that afternoon. It was like
being in a weird dream... hard to focus... it seemed so strange to be in
a recording studio that day...
The TVography series was a success
and I'm happy to say I'll be narrating more of those in the
The Jenerators have been gigging and having a blast. As a
matter of fact we performed last night, and it felt great to plug my
sunburst Les Paul into my Vox amp, crank it up and play. It was a much
needed way to release some stress and anxiety.
Well, that's it for
now. I felt the need to communicate, and I've spoken my mind. Which is
something wonderful we can do here in the good old USA, and we must make
sure we never lose that right.
October 14, 2001
"What the world needs now is love sweet love, no
not just for some but for everyone..."
Hal David & Burt