Someone way more profound than me once said “music is how we decorate time.” It’s how we celebrate the most rapturous joy imaginable. It’s how we rage on our worst days. It’s how we mourn. It’s how we heal.
This morning, in Manchester, England, a large crowd gathered for a moment of silence for the 22 lives lost in Monday’s terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert. The moment of silence broke when a woman started singing Oasis’s “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” The emotional crowd singalong — a moment of heeling, if you will — will make you misty.
The leader of the singalong, Manchester native Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow, told the Guardian “I love Manchester, and Oasis is a part of my childhood… It really touched my heart and gave me shivers. It’s been a hard few days, but Manchester will recover.”
The band Oasis hails from Manchester. Noel Gallagher responded with his love on Twitter: