P.O.D. – Alive

Satellite, the album this was on was released on 11 September 2001, a date famous for all the wrong reasons. I remember watching the planes crash into the World Trade Centre live on CNN, being horrified that some thing most of us thought was confined to movie scenarios was happening in real life and beyond the shock and horror of realising how many lives were being sacrificed I was worried that Muslims were behind it and this would lead to all Muslims and Islam being scapegoated. I think Muslims faced a lot of bigotry in the past 9 years as a result of 9/11, but at the same time I believe it forced a lot of people to try and understand Islam and American foreign policy and critically question the party line and what was being said in the media. Whether this understanding was worth the thousands dead on 9/11 and subsequently in the wars fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, Allahu alam.

This post sort of took a detour, but I really like this song and this whole album. Nu-metal as a genre has been dead for a number of years now, but I think this positive, spiritually-minded anthem is one of its high points. Cool video too.



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