LOS ANGELES (Top40 Charts) - The well-received America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon - featuring everyone from Bruce Springsteen
to Ben Stiller - on Friday (Sept. 21) has now raised approximately $150 million in pledges, though, that number is expected to rise. The money will go to the families of victims in Sept. 11's terrorist attacks and will be distributed by United Way.
Meanwhile, the Latin community is joining forces to record an all-star tribute song. Gloria Estefan, Thalia, Celia Cruz, Chayanne, Carlos Vives, Jaci Velasquez, and La Ley are among the 30 Latin artists who will record a "El Ultimo Adios" to honor the victims of the attacks, according to Billboard. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross and United Way.
The recording is expected to take place on Thursday (Sept. 27) in Miami, Puerto Rico, New York, Texas, and Mexico. This is at least the third major recording of its kind in the works or recently recorded – the others are the Nile Rodgers-led remake of "We Are Family" with Diana Ross and others and the Bono-led cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?," which is also benefiting African AIDS education.
Though it's two weeks since the attacks, artists are still sharing their feelings with the world. Moby even posted a poem he wrote on his Web site over the weekend, titled "Perhaps." It reads:
"Perhaps", 9/23/2001 - New York City
"Perhaps this will focus us
Perhaps the inconsequential will suddenly be approached as having consequence
Perhaps death will make us see life differently
Perhaps as having a meaning that is not given to us, but perhaps we will value our own lives. If you know what I mean
Perhaps there are significance [sic] that are not seen by us so far
I hope that everyone is ok in the long run."
Semisonic's Jacob Slichter says, "I have lived in New York for less than a year, and the way New York had dealt with this tragedy makes me love it more than ever. Extremists rise from extreme circumstances, and we need to address those circumstances if we want to prevent more of these terrible tragedies."
"I understand there are four emotional stages associated with tragedy; shock, grief, anger, and eventually acceptance," explains Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik. "I still am in the shock, grief, anger stage with Americans and decent people across the world. Acceptance though, I doubt I will ever find."