Music to Commemorate 9/11

Friday, September 09, 2011

The National 9/11 Memorial The National 9/11 Memorial (Michele Siegel)

This week has been a time of reflection on the loss, perseverance, and humanity displayed on September 11, 2001. It's also been a time for remembrance of 9/11. We asked our listeners to send us suggestions for songs that helped them cope with and process the events of that day. Here are some of their suggestions.

Terrance McKnight, WQXR host, narrates this segment.

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin


Terrance McKnight

Comments [4]

rose-ellen from jackson hts., new york

Bon Dylaan's Time out of mind songs especially the one with the words;"The air is getting hotter,there's a rumbling in the sky..they tell me everything is gonna be all right but i don't know what all right even means". And the song Follow sung by ritchie havens with the words"the sun and moon both are right and we'll see them soon through days of night ..but for now darkness blinds the sky with all it's light" cathartic wwords and music. Also the Buffy st. marie song My country til of Thee with the words" the eagles of war whose wings lend you glory they were never no more then carrion crows-pushed the wrens from their nests,stole their eggs change their story" about the victims of war and terrorism. Also the Leonard Cohen song If it be Your Will a beautiful profoundly spiritual song evoking humanffrailty and vulnerablity.

Sep. 10 2011 03:08 PM
Joao Costa from Portugal

I was 8 years old when this horror happened. As a foreigner, I remember it perfectly: the horror of seeing every single person trying to survive, to contact their friends and families. The Song "The Islander" from Nightwish makes me remind 9/11 because the worst part of this tragedy isn't those who died: it is the ones who survived. They might blame themselves or never carry on with their lives .Still, we all cry every year, the same tears we used on 9/11/01, a long time ago that seems so short. My condolences from Portugal.

Sep. 10 2011 10:04 AM
kristoff capa from nyc

as a firefighter of the city of new york, the song "superman" by five for fighting brings it all back. makes me feel human. humbles me. not sure if it came out before 9/11, but for the days, months and years after, it still sums up our job. and how fragile life is. thank you wnyc and the people of nyc.

Sep. 09 2011 09:19 PM

I never heard mention of the one most obvious muscial response to the 9/11 attacks.

It was the song played, triumphantly, as the congregants at the National Prayer Service exited, led by President Bush: The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

I can't think of any music, nor any song lyric, that better sums up the last decade, as we have smashed the enemy that attacked us on 9/11.

"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on. "

It is really undeniable -- We have in fact "loosed the fateful lightning" of America's "terrible swift sword" on Al Qaeda and all of its fellow-travelers in the world of Islamofacsist terrorism.

Sep. 09 2011 11:35 AM

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