October 10, 2003
A Statement from Daniel Pearl's Family on the Second
Annual Daniel Pearl Music Day
Today, on what would have been Danny's 40th birthday,
our global community has come together on a note of
harmony to celebrate the Second Annual Daniel Pearl
Music Day and to reaffirm its commitment to humanity.
Danny lived a life that knew no geographical boundaries,
with a spirit that knew no prejudice. Through journalism
and music, Danny communicated friendship, understanding
and mutual respect wherever his journeys took him;
whether he was interviewing ordinary people or world
leaders, performing with orchestras, teaching violin
to disadvantaged children, playing fiddle or mandolin
with folk and bluegrass bands, or simply jamming and
singing with friends and strangers. Danny recognized
the power of music to bridge differences among people,
and he used it to make friends and inspire understanding
when words fail.
This global concert empowers peace-loving people around
the world with the awareness that they are not alone,
and that, standing united, humanity will prevail. From
east to west and north to south, hundreds of thousands
of music lovers are with us today and all this week
playing music that Danny loved, celebrating the ideals
for which he stood and standing up to the hatred and
intolerance that took his life.
Behold, Danny, the islands of friendship that you
have seeded with your pen and fiddle have grown into
a network of musical brotherhood that now embraces
the entire planet.
This is your triumph, Danny. It is the triumph of
every music lover and of all humanity.