In Memorium: A Musical Tribute to 9/11
I have three very special connections to this sacred place. It was 1983, when I worked as a waiter at Windows on the World restuarant atop of the World Trade Center. It was here that I was schooled in the art of fine wine and service. It was my first encounter with the infamous legacy of chief James Beard, the steadfast maitre d', Mrs. Lee and two of my dearest waiter colleagues, Kimberly and Michael. In those early years of my dance career, it was the restuarant that fed me, educated me and helped me pay my rent!
On September 10th, 2001, my brother Steven, his wife Katherine and myself, took our parents to Windows on the World for a drink to celebrate their wedding anniversary on that day. I recalled the swift ride up in the large elevators, recollecting back to my days as a waiter, traveling up and down in them for a year. In the bar, I remember looking out of the tall, floor to ceiling windows at the spectacular orange sunset, as we toasted my parents and their joyful union of 45 years together.
The next morning, September 11th, 2001, I was crossing Fifth Avenue early in the morning to meet my friend Antonio for breakfast. As I strided across, I noticed everyone in the street looking south. As I turned to see what everyone's eye were fixed on, I saw the first plane as it hit the North Tower. The image, burned into my mind, will always be apart of my psyche.
Today, the sky is as beautiful and clear as it was 11 years ago. Yet a deep sadness is in the air for all those who were lost and for the grief of friends and family. In any situation, music has the power to help us remember, encourage change and invite hope. Here is a list of musical selections that can do just that:
1. A Night On Bald Mountain
2. Ave Maria, Op. 52 No. 6
3. The Immortal Fountain of Light...
4. Slipping Into The Light
5. Voices of Light
6. Light Out of Darkness
7. Sarabanda in Memoriam
8. On the Transmigration of Souls
9. Come Sunday
10. Adagio For Strings
11. Symphony No. 3
12. Hudson River Suite: The River
13. Quiet City
14. Four Last Songs: III. Going to Sleep
15. Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs: Lento e Largo
16. Metamorphosen For 23 Solo Strings
17. The Lark Ascending
18. Rachmaninov. Vespers.
19. Mozart: Requiem
20. Shall We Gather at the River, Santa Fe Desert Chorale
21. God Be With You Till We Meet Again, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
22. A Hymn for the Lost and the Living (In Memorium 9/11/01)
Andrew Pacholyk MS, L.Ac
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