As of right now, we don’t know what exactly is going on in Norway. Oslo has been bombed and a shooting took place in Utoya. Personally, I have never been to Norway but I’ve always held the idea that I might go there one day. I have friends there. Good friends. We met through Murmurs.com, the R.E.M. fansite. We’ve talked for hours about Stipe’s dance moves, Peter’s guitar, Bill Berry’s farm… I can only hope and pray that they are all ok.
Right now I’m watching Twitter, which seems to be the best source for news at the moment. Watching the #tags roll in is a sobering reminder that America is not alone in this world. And that Athens has its ties to Norway, though faint some may be. I won’t claim to know anything about Norway or its culture. But I can’t help but feel a wave of sadness knowing that sudden violence has taken the lives of innocent people. All I can do is hope and pray for peace.
Goodnight Oslo – Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3