Two Years Later.....
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My memories of that date two years ago are just
as vivid as the day the event occured.
These memories will never leave me, and as long as I am physically able to do so, I will
update my webpage with new music composed in honor of this solomn occasion.
September 10, 2003
Music and words created in honor
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Resolution for 9-11
First, I would ask you to review
below Billy Graham's
beautiful and meaningful sermon on September 14, 2001.
It is also reprinted in its entirety as you hear his words (click below).
Billie Graham, National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. September 14, 2001
click on photo to hear his speech
Verbatum Transcript (rtf file) of Billy Graham's Message
given on the National Day of Prayer
(click on photo icon above-safe file)
I would ask you also to listen to
poignant music entitled "September
created in honor to memorialize those fallen (click on photo icon below)
click on photo to hear the music to "September 11" (mp3 file)
"September 11, 2001"
Part I (first 20 seconds)
The music opens with an approaching sound, ending with a huge bang and explosion as a passenger jet liner crashes into one of the towers of the World Trade Center in the early morning, September, 11, 2001
Part II (next 60 seconds)
The awful fireball exposes itself coming from the building, and debris cascades taking forever to fall to the ground. At this point, the music seems to hold time still.
A church organ symbolizes an outcry from humans asking, "God, what has befallen us?" Confused, dazed, people do not know where to go. Many cannot stand the smoke and heat and jump to their deaths from the building.
The flute signifies our ears turning to the dilemma of one man who is on the cell phone talking to his wife. He tells her that he is going to climb to the top of the building and maybe the rescue helicopters will arrive soon. He tells his wife that he loves her. He knows in his heart that rescue is highly unlikely. He is thinking back over his life, his marriage, children, his job, growing up, his mother and father, and his wife's parents. He falls almost into a blissful state. Life is so precious just now.
He then tries desperately to climb to the top floor, but smoke is following him, catching up with him. The music denotes his inevitable fate.
Then we hear one note, followed by 7 matching heartbeats**. Then the note stops, followed by one heartbeat, and the background leaves us in utter suspension as this person dies. Deep and high notes together fade into nothing. The music ends.
The number '7'
** The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord
** The Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, and Faithfulness
** The Theological and Cardinal Virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity; Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude
** The Seven Virtues: Faith, Kindness, Love, Generosity, Self control, Humility, and Zeal
I would ask you to listen to Denyce
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
click on photo to hear Denyce Graves singing "America the Beautiful" in the National Cathedral,
Washington, D.C. September 14, 2001
I would ask you to listen to new music "(mp3 files) composed one year later in September, 2002, in honor of the memory of 9/11
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From the Washington Times, Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Aboard Flight 564
by Peter Hannaford
As it was at most U.S.
airports, last Saturday was the first near-normal day
at Denver International since the terrorist attacks. On United's Flight 564
the door had just been locked and the plane was about to pull out of the
gate when the captain came on the public address system.
"I want to thank you
brave folks for coming out today. We don't have any new
instructions from the federal government, so from now on we're on our own."
The passengers listened
in total silence.
He explained that airport security measures had pretty much solved the
problem of firearms being carried aboard, but not weapons of the type the
terrorists apparently used, plastic knives or those fashioned from wood or
"Sometimes a potential
hijacker will announce that he has a bomb. There are
no bombs on this aircraft and if someone were to get up and make that claim,
don't believe him.
"If someone were to stand up, brandish something such as a plastic knife and
say 'This is a hijacking' or words to that effect, here is what you should
do: Every one of you should stand up and immediately throw things at that
person- pillows, books, magazines, eyeglasses, shoes -anything that will
throw him off balance and distract his attention. If he has a confederate or
two, do the same with them. Most important: get a blanket over him, then
wrestle him to the floor and keep him there. We'll land the plane at the
nearest airport and the authorities will take it from there."
"Remember, there will
be one of him and maybe a few confederates, but there
are many more of you. You can overwhelm them. The Declaration of
Independence says 'We, the people' and that's just what it is when we're up
in the air: we, the people, vs. would-be terrorists."
"I don't think we are
going to have any such problem today or tomorrow or
for a while, but some time down the road, it is going to happen again and I
want you to know what to do. Now, since we're a family for the next few
hours, I'll ask
you to turn to the person next to you, introduce yourself, tell them a
little about yourself, and ask them to do the same."
The end of this remarkable
speech brought sustained clapping from the
passengers. He had put the matter in perspective. If only the passengers on
those ill-fated flights last Tuesday had been given the same talk, I
thought, they might be alive today. One group on United Flight 93, which
crashed in a Pennsylvania field, apparently rushed the hijackers in an
attempt to wrest control from them. While they perished, they succeeded in
preventing the terrorist from attacking his intended goal, possibly the
White House or the Capitol.
Procedures for dealing
with hijackers were conceived in a time when the
hijackers were usually seeking the release of jailed comrades or a large
amount of money. Mass murder was not their goal. That short talk last
Saturday by the pilot of Flight 564 should set a new standard of realism.
Every passenger should learn the simple - but potentially life-saving-
procedure he outlined. He showed his passengers that a hijacking does not
have to result in hopelessness and terror, but victory over the
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created September 8, 2002
by R. Malcolm Brown, Jr.