MMario makes a very good point. If joyful music is what folks need, if it reminds 'em to breathe, reminds 'em to care and love, reminds 'em that they're alive and fully human, do it. If you have a thoughtful song in your repertoire that is suitable to be dedicated to the victims, living and dead, of this week's horrors, do that too.
I thought about these issues to--the Buckaroos have two gigs this weekend: a coffee-house open mike Friday night, where we can pretty much play whatever we want to, and the Highland Festival at Scotland, South Dakota Saturday night, where we've been invited to play Irish and Scottish music--small stretch for a gospel band, so we're bringing in a ringer from Ontario on mando(lin/la) for some jigs and reels.
Last night, several of us gathered in our living room to practice for the weekend. And it was very healing to immerse ourselves in the joy of music for a couple of hours, to distract us if only for a little while, from the One Big Thing that's on everyone's mind this week. I think performing this weekend will be the same way.
I had already planned to sing "There Were Roses" at both gigs anyway, so I'll be dedicating it to the fallen of Manhattan and DC, and to the prayer for a day, an unclouded day that right now seems so distant, a day of no more terror and war.
Salaam, Shalom, Peace,