September 11, 2001




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Published on May 24, 2009

A moving music tribute to those lost in NYC on 9/11.
Within two days after this tragic event, I could not delete the images of those two planes crashing into the WTC towers. I could not forget the "endless" falling of debris, objects, beams, people, from these towers. Thus, 8 years ago I sat down at my Roland KR-1070 digital grand and composed music about this experience. Over the years, I have wanted others to share my experience, and because the day, September 11, 2001 is immutable in everyone's minds, the passage of 8 years seems like 8 minutes.

For the music, the story was created in my mind. I imagined a young man who worked at the WTC who was just a normal American with a family, friends, and a good life. He just happened to be in his office above the impact of the first plane in the North Tower that morning.

The story begins with music noting the tremendous impact and explosion shaking the WTC tower. Then endless debris rains down and a flowing series of music annotates this horrific image that was in my mind for so long and has never left it. Then we turn to this man in the WTC. He notes that something terrible has struck the building below. He calls his wife on his cell phone and says," Don't worry, honey, I am going to climb the stairs to the roof where the helicopters will rescue me. He begins the long, arduous climb. The music reflects the effort. He is now in contact with smoke which begins to burn his lungs. He realizes that the heat and smoke may kill him before he can reach the top for the rescue. Then a most amazing thing happens. His entire life begins to kaleidoscope before him. His birth, his grandson's birth, his mom and dad and growing up, his marriage and birth of his own children, good times with his family and friends, his colleagues, sounds of nature, beautiful mountains and remembrances of vacations past. The music will be self evident in conveying these moments of ecstasy, and I have selected images, mostly from my own family and friends to convey these thoughts, as our person continues on his tortuous climb up stairways beginning to fill with smoke.

The journey to the top is becoming harder and harder, and his breathing is more difficult now. His heart is pumping, and we are witness to the last 8 heartbeats before our friend succumbs and dies. Why put heartbeats into the music? They symbolize life, vitality, connectivity, an amazing organ that works tirelessly. Think how many hearts stopped beating in NYC, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania on September 11,2001. I can only imagine the pain and suffering of the victims' loved ones, their families, their friends and associates.

For a more detailed account of and download of an mp3 file of my 9/11 Tribute, visit

Visit this site for a 2002 update on 9/11:
Also visit this link for 2003 update on 9-11:

Thank you,
The song 9/11 was composed by me and is copyrighted.


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