November 9, 2005
by Alexander Washburn
Fundraisers, telethons, overplayed rubber bracelets are still all the rage these days. But after Katrina relief, have we really seen a movement we could all unite behind (remember Net Aid)?
Like you, I care about changing the world. Sure, I want to stomp out Lupus, Eracism, and “Save Those Funky Whales,” as much as the next person, but I also want to beat down the people who green-lighted a movie version of Rent. Talk about horn of a dilemma. But if the web has taught us anything, it's that from its far reaches – a story of grave injustice will emerge, a story so moving, so universal, that it will unite people around the globe in a solidarity seldom seen by human eyes.
This story is not it. But its damn close.
Below is a list of CDs stolen from my supposedly “checked, secured and screened” luggage on Continental Airlines flight #2824 departing from George Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas, November 4, 2005.
The good folks at Continental informed me that they are not responsible for lost CDs, especially lost CDs that are lost when in their possession. And the local police department all but laughed at my request to fill out a police report, even going as far as making me wait idly in the lobby as the officers finished watching “The Showcase Showdown” on the Price is Right.
Spurned by the man and corporate America, my last option recourse for help is you the people. As you will see, it's a pretty long list, and I'm no millionaire, so replacing these CDs is an expense I just can't afford. But there are readers out there who can, so I'm asking for those financially stable 2Walls and music fans to step up and help me replace the music that was so caustically stolen from me.
Now, with all great fundraisers there are always rules and here is no exception.
Rule #1 – No burned or copied CDs.
Rule #2 – When applicable, please purchase music directly from the indie band or record label (let's not use this as a chance to line Sony's pockets any further).
Rule #3 – In an effort to preserve my sense of security, please email me here at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out where to send the CDs.
Check back to this list periodically, as I will be crossing off those CDs that get replaced.
For those like me without the spare change to buy CDs, there's something else you can do. Viral activism folks, it never fails (unless you're Moveon.org that is). Simply drop an email to the manager of the Baggage Resolution Department at Continental and tell them nicely, “to find Alexander's CDs.” Make sure to attach ‘The List' – I don't want them sending me any Travis Tritt CDs, claiming its mine.
In advance, I thank you great world wide web! And now let's strike a blow for all those people who had to overnight in Pittsburgh without a toothbrush.
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
The Beatles - Revolver
Bob Marley - Babylon by Bus
Bob Marley - Exodus
Bonerama - Live from New York
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Cake - Fashion Nugget
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
Charlie Hunter & Pound for Pound - Return of the Candyman
Counting Crows - Across A Wire - Disc One
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out
Digable Planets - Reachin; (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
Donald Byrd - Black Byrd
Elvis Costello - Get Happy!
Erykah Badu - Baduizm
G. Love and Special Sauce - Philadelphonic
Galactic - We Love 'Em Tonight - Live from Tipatina's
Galactic - Live from Jazz Fest - New Orleans 2005
Garage A Trois - Outre Mer
Garage A Trois - Live from the Fox Theater, Boulder , Colorado , March 2003
Groove Collective - We The People
Guru - Jazzmatazz Volume One: The New Reality
Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
Jack Johnson - Brushfire Fairytales
Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Jeff Buckley - Live at Sin-E, Disc One
Jimi Hendrix - Woke Up This Morning and Found Myself Dead
Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold As Love
Jimmy Smith - Rockin' The Boat
Jimmy Smith - Root Down Live
Joe Jackson - Greatest Hits
John Lee Hooker - The Best of John Lee Hooker
Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter, Jr., and June Yamaghisi - We Came to Play, Live at the Old Pointe Bar
Julian Velard - Make Me Feel
Juliana Hatfield - In Exile Deo
Karl Denson - The D Stands for Diesel
Karl Denson - Live from Tobacco Road, Miami 2005, Disc One - Signed
Lauren Fine - For the Breaking
Leona Naess - I Tried To Rock You But You Only Can Roll
Los Hombres Calientes - Volume Two
Lou Donaldson - Midnight Creeper
Luscious Jackson - Fever In, Fever Out
Manu Chao - Espernaza
The Meters - Funkify Your Life, Disc Two
Miles Davis - Live at the Plugged Nickel
Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
The Police - Message in a Box, The Complete Recordings, Disc Two
Rodney Jones - Soul Manifesto
The Roots - Do You Want More?
The Roots - Illadelph Halflife - Signed
Soul Coughing - Irresistible Bliss
Stanton Moore - All Kooked Out
Steely Dan - Katy Lied
Steely Dan- A Decade of Steely Dan
T.J. Kirk - Talking Only Makes it Worse
Talking Heads - Sand in the Vaseline, Disc One
Tanya Donelly - Whiskey Tango Ghost
Thelonious Monk - Straight, No Chaser
Thelonious Monk - Monk's Dream
Tom Waits – Swordfish Trombones
Tom Waits - Small Change
Weather Report - Heavy Weather
Wes Montgomery - The Incredible Jazz Guitar
(Alexander Washburn is a staff writer for 2 Walls Webzine.)