Please Don't Make Us Sing This Song

Hurricane Katrina, four years later. Video by The Work of the People. The music is from Songs from the Voice, Volume 1.


  1. i'll always remember when hurricane katrina hit, because it was the day we flew back from our honeymoon. about a month later we went down to help with a group from our church, and it was so unreal. as bad as it looks in pictures and videos, that's nothing compared to actually being there. and having been there, i still can't imagine what it must have been like to have lived there, and not only lose all your possessions and your house, but your whole neighborhood. your whole city!

  2. One of best sermons I ever heard was by a black preacher who started out by roaring Psalm 137.

    1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
    when we remembered Zion.

    2 There on the poplars
    we hung our harps,

    3 for there our captors asked us for songs,
    our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
    they said, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"

    Aww it was good! he kept repeating "by the rivers of Babylon we hung our harps."

  3. John, you may have touched on one of your "myths" from your last post...many of them may be the tragedies we soldiered through as a people (Katrina, 9.11, Columbine, Kent State, deaths of Lennon, the two Kennedys and King, Jr...then on back to the depression, etc.)

    Thanks for posting this. The old ragamuffin, Brennan Manning, says one of our main problems is amnesia...all too quickly we forget...

  4. I've had Katina on my mind a lot this year. I can't believe 4 have gone by.

    I just spent 5 days in Southern Taiwan where Typhoon Morakot hit and caused, much like Katrina, the worst flooding this country has seen in 50+ years. While I was there, my town Punta Gorda, FL, held a 5 year anniversary celebration for Hurricane Charley. The town still is not fully recovered, and I'm certain neither are the areas affected by Katrina.

    John (and Brennan) was right. We forget far too quickly. The sad reality, though, is that the people in this video, the people I met in Southern Taiwan, are the people still carrying the burden we've forgotten.

    Thanks for sharing