Pieces of 9-11 song: Nearly 12 years after the tragedy that was 9-11 occurred, an American musician has recently shared music that hopes to turn that grief and pain into survivor songs for not only those who lived through the horrific event, but for their families and all affected by the devastating day. What’s more, pianist and composer Jake Heggie has announced that his 9-11 album is not one only of mourning, but of joy — for the moments and memories that live on past that day, Yahoo! News reported this Sunday, Sept 1.
A Pieces of 9-11 song is just one set of survivor songs that American musician Jake Heggie has revealed this Sunday to be part of his new grief-into-rebirth album that will be called “Here/After (songs of lost voices”), which is a musical album meant, he says, “to create a sense of hope and newness that can come from the grief. Otherwise, the people who did it win."
A few other singers are involved in the Pieces of 9-11 project, including soprano Talise Trevigne and baritone Nathan Gunn. These talented and patriotic artists share in their songs the untold stories of 9-11 victims, survivors, and families from across the U.S. nation, sharing with their feelings the grief over loved ones lost, the belongings that vanished but are not forgotten, and what remains today. A set of these songs is aptly titled “Pieces of 9-11.”
One such story of grief but song of hope includes the lyrics of an American Task Force 1 firefighter who fought through the fire and smoke of ground zero to look for survivors:
"And everything belonged to somebody/To somebody gone/And we all belonged to each other/From that moment on."
Grammy award nominee and musician/songwriter Gene Scheer, a major player behind the Pieces of 9-11 song project, said that the key to creating the album was listening to real survivors and their stories in order to find those heartfelt lyrics for the music.
Many stories are included in the 9-11 homage album, including tales from children and adults, lost spouses, mothers, fathers and friends — even that of the pregnant woman that died in the United Flight 93 plane crash in which passengers fought back against the terrorists.
"What's beyond your anger? What's beyond your grief? What's beyond your sorrow?" echoes one song.
The double CD for “Pieces of 9-11" are set to be released this Oct. 21 by PentaTone Classics nationwide, and are meant not only as memories, but as stories that need to be told, concluded the composer.
"A dozen years later, stories continue to emerge, evolve and yearn to be told," Heggie said. "I wasn't in New York, I didn't see the smoke and destruction, and yet my life changed that day — everyone's life changed that day.”
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