9/11 survivor stories turned into a song

Sep 03, 2013, 01:26 IST | Agencies

Days before the 12th anniversary of the deadly attacks that shook America, a musician has turned memories of grief into a song to create a sense of hope

A dozen years after 9/11, an American musician has turned memories of grief into survivor songs -- some of them surprisingly joyous.

Finding hope: Jake Heggie made the new album

Composer and pianist Jake Heggie said that his new album titled Here/After (songs of lost voices) is meant ‘to create a sense of hope and newness that can come from the grief. Otherwise, the people who did it win.’

The singers, including baritone Nathan Gunn and soprano Talise Trevigne, tell the stories of 9/11 survivors from around the country, expressing feelings about lost loved ones as they sort belongings left behind.

One set of songs is called Pieces of 9-11.

A firefighter from Texas Task Force 1 who had combed through the smoking ground zero rubble says, “And everything belonged to somebody/To somebody gone/And we all belonged to each other/From that moment on.”

Songwriter Gene Scheer, a Grammy award nominee, listened to real people to find words for the lyrics.

Adults and children shared sometimes whimsical stories about dead spouses, fathers and friends -- even about the pregnant woman who perished on United Flight 93 that crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers fought back the terrorists. 

Flyover to honour 9/11 victims
A flyover at the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero is planned for Sunday to honour the 9/11 victims.

Six historic aircraft, including three B-25s, a 1940 P-47 Thunderbolt and a 1935 Curtiss-Wright P-40 Warhawk, along with a World War II-era fighter plane escort, will circle the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero to commemorate the 2,996 people who died in horrible September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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