Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

Sanderson Accu-Tuner
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Grotrian Concert
for Pianoteq out now
Piano Buyer Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyers Guide
Who's Online
65 registered (agraffe, augustm, ando, Beacon Chris, Candywoman, 15 invisible), 1684 Guests and 14 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#704967 - 09/18/01 10:45 AM A view from Europe
Samejame Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/01/01
Posts: 808
Loc: NL, Canada
Hello everyone,

This will be a bit long, so bear with me.

It was ten after five o'clock (about 11:10 am Eastern)on a beautiful afternoon in Gdansk, Poland when I first got news of the attack. I was on board a new fishing vessel being constructed for Canada, and I was there visiting the country conducting inspections on behalf the Canadian government department I work for. The construction supervisor came up to the owner's representative and I, and asked if we'd heard the news. Of course, having been surrounded by welding machines, hammers and grinders working away furiously, I told him I can't hear myself think, let alone listen to the news. And then he told us what he knew so far.

I was shocked to the point of disbelief. I thought he was pulling my leg. But the look on his face and the tone of his voice told me otherwise. I quickly returned to the office where I was able to use a phone to call my wife at work back in Newfoundland. And unfortunately, and to my complete horror, she was able to confirm most of what I had been told.

Shortly afterwords, we quit work for the day, and returned to our hotel, & during the car ride back, the driver was translating the news reports for us. It was hitting home. Then when I got to the hotel, and saw the first images on the lobby TV, around which a large crowd was gathered, I felt sick.

I returned to my room, where I was glued to the TV set for the next three hours. The only English stations available were MSNBC and BBC Newsworld. But the local Polish stations, as well as German and Italian cable stations were all carrying live reports. Common to all these stations was the utter shock and horror of what had unfolded. The images, the grief, the horror, all were incomprehendable. (They still are)

The effects there in Europe were the same as most of the world over, I guess. Alot of Europeans, especially from Britian, are victims of this travesty as well. While it is definately an attack on America, it's not just that. It's an attack on the western world, at the least, and democracy, in any form at worst. Indeed, up to as many as 100 Canadians are missing at WTC.

This is my first day back in Canada since the incident happened. I must say that through my travels back from Europe yesterday, the crashes are uppermost in everyone's minds, and the topic of conversation with everyone you meet. I can say, however, that it is the most uncomfortable time I have ever felt while travelling. The increased security, the pandimonium at major centres such as London/Heathrow, and above all else, the now helpless feeling you now have when that plane takes off that you never had before. Your life is in the control of others, and anything can happen. Welcome to the new reality of travelling. When the plane finally touched down in St. John's, I felt relieved, as did many on board. the passengers broke out in a brief applause, as most were stranded travellers like myself (I was due home last Friday)

Rest assured, Piano World, that the world is with you, in thought and in mind. I have not had a chance to browse the forum yet to find out if anyone here was affected directly by the loss of a relative or loved one. My sincerest condolances to one and all if such is the case.

I am aghast to say in the same breath "God bless America", and "God help the World". I love my country, Canada, I love my home and my family. But I know, as you do, that we all remain under the increased threat of what lies ahead. The world is no longer the same. The bubble we have been living under in North America that terrorism on a grand scale is someone else's problem was suddenly, horribly, and irrevocably reversed last Tuesday.

Know though, that the world is with you, and an example of that, on a brighter note, is this. Over half of the international flights which were over the north atlantic and Canada at the time of the incident were diverted to Newfoundland. This meant thousands of people converging on airports which don't see 40 flights a week, let alone within nine hours in the same day. St. John's airport had 27, with an insurgance of over 4000 people. Within nine hours of the last aircraft touching down, every person had somehow been accomodated. People were billeted in homes, hotels, convention centres. Volunteers made lunches, provided transportation and basic needs. High schools were closed and converted to hostels. The community really rallied around those who found themselves stranded by the crisis. I just mentioned this because it illustrates in a small way how out of the evil, good imerges, flourishes, and hopefully, prevails.

My message to you I guess is that God knows America, you are owed, but for the sake of the planet, do the right thing.

Jamie Kenny, ('Jamie' or 'Samejame')
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland,

P.S. I almost forgot, but I HAVE to share this with you. On Saturday I visited a piano store (Gama Music)while in Gdansk. I was browsing the store, when a boy of about 12 entered the store with whom I presumed to be his mother, and sat at a Calisia upright, and asked his mother if he could play (at least that's what I think he asked, I don't know Polish)...anyway, she said "Tak" which I know is Polish for yes.

Anyway he was tinkering away, and was obviously well taught, for he was quite accomplished for a kid his age. Then to the suprise of everyone in the store at that time (about 25 people), a familiar tune came out. Not everyone took notice right away, but soon the store fell silent, as the kid played away. I don't know the name of it, but I know it is a well known American patriotic song. He finished, and you could've heard a pin drop. There wasn't a dry eye in the store - several people were crying. It was a moment. The store manager told me afterwords that the child had told him he had learned it from a TV broadcast earlier in the week. Wow!

[ September 18, 2001: Message edited by: Samejame ]
"A cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing" Oscar Wilde.

#704968 - 09/18/01 12:29 PM Re: A view from Europe
Joy Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 550
Loc: Encinitas, CA
". . . as the kid played away. I don't know the name of it, but I know it is a well known American patriotic song. He finished, and you could've heard a pin drop. . . ."[/b]

Thank you for sharing that wonderful moment, Jamie. I sense the pure of heart the world over are with us. Yes.


#704969 - 09/18/01 07:01 PM Re: A view from Europe
jodi Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 6960
Loc: The Evergreen State (WA)
Jamie - Thank you for such a thoughtful message. I am glad you got home safely. Jodi

#704970 - 09/18/01 11:36 PM Re: A view from Europe
David Burton Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 1759
Loc: Coxsackie, New York
Jamie, truly a wonderful report. Thank-you.
David Burton's Blog


Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.
Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
Pierce Piano Atlas

A. Geyer Pianos
A. Geyer Pianos
Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restorations and sales
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
New Topics - Multiple Forums
by Cutestpuppie
Yesterday at 11:04 PM
Roland question (especially RD800)
by dpcook815
Yesterday at 10:38 PM
P-155 driver to Windows 10 thru Hosa Midi cable????
by LondonParisVenice
Yesterday at 09:36 PM
Kids and volume control?
by Gombessa
Yesterday at 08:56 PM
Newly Installed Dual Tank Dampp-Chaser
by Creative Piano Guy
Yesterday at 08:52 PM
Sheet Music Plus
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Forum Stats
87,130 Registered Members
44 Forums
178,573 Topics
2,609,919 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |

copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission