THIS JUST IN: Whilst working on this simulcast post, I learned that brave songwriter/drummer/leukemia fighter Pete Dintino -- whom you've read about here -- is on life support at this hour. Please keep the "Shadow" in your prayers -- and I'll update you ASAP. Thanks ...
Across the blogosphere, writers are starting their Saturday-morning posts with eloquently-painted word-pictures of a tiny island trying to recover from a major disaster.
But mere words can't describe what's going on in Japan after that ultra-powerful earthquake. It tore into towns and villages, broke apart the roads, and caused the ocean to pour onto the mainland;
at the same time and for those of us who watched it all unfold on cable news, it tore into our souls, broke apart our hearts and caused many of us pour ourselves into relief efforts to aid our Oriental friends.
And (who else?) rockers are leading the charge ...
For example, Lady Gaga launched a bracelet yesterday to support relief in Japan -- and other top names in the entertainment world offered condolences after the mega-quake and tsunami.
Gaga asked her legions of fans -- whom she calls "Little Monsters" -- to buy a bracelet on her website (it's emblazoned with "We Pray for Japan") for donations of $5 or more. All proceeds will go to relief efforts, she said.
Other pop stars offered condolences. R&B superstar Alicia Keys wrote on her Twitter account that she woke up early in the morning with "a song in my heart," although she wasn't sure what it was going to be yet. All she knows, at this point, is that she wants it to support the Japanese and draw attention to their plight. She says, "My heart breaks for Japan."
Even teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has responded, calling Japan "one of my favorite places on Earth. It's an incredible culture with amazing people. My prayers go out to them. We all need to help," Bieber wrote on Twitter.
Of course, there are going to be many more fundraisers and relief efforts coming up over the next few weeks from all genres -- and all of them needed, all from the heart. But here's where we can start:
Wherever we are at this moment -- whatever you're doing -- can it wait a sec whilst we lift up solid prayers or send out positive thoughts to the island of Japan (the whole country's a victim)? Now ... if you've got a few extra dollars you can spare, how about sending -- no, investing -- them in reputable relief efforts (major nets like CNN and MSNBC, as well as those overseas can point you in the right direction).
And, above all, keep up the good vibrations toward the people of Japan -- and don't count them out! This isn't gonna keep them down! Their sun is gonna rise again and fly high and proud over their amazing country once more ...