September 11 Tribute Album To Be Released Near 12th Anniversary

By: Courtney Wills - September 2, 2013

A tribute to the September 11, 2001 tragedy in the United States will come in the form of a two-disc C.D. set that will be released next month.

Composer/pianist Jake Heggie, who lives in San Francisco, created an album dedicated to the stories of survivors who lost loved ones in the attacks, entitled, here/after (songs of lost voices) and will give those Americans a chance to speak out. He said that the album’s purpose is to “create a sense of hope and newness that can come from the grief. Otherwise, the people who did it win.”

Heggie also recently spoke of his reasoning for the album’s birth: “A dozen years later, stories continue to emerge, evolve and yearn to be told.”
Since he lives on the West coast, Heggie collaborated with Grammy-nominated New York songwriter Gene Scheer, to conduct interviews. However, not a single person on the album hails from New York; and for a reason.

“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,” Heggie said. He also elaborated on this sentiment, reasoning that while those living in Manhattan, obviously, felt a stronger sense of grief than those without firsthand experience, there were so many more people hurting elsewhere that didn’t get license to grieve in the same way that New Yorkers’ did.

A Texas firefighter who went to New York to sift through the ruins in the days after 9/11 contributes to the album with lyrics, “And everything belonged to somebody/To somebody gone/And we all belonged to each other/From that moment on.”

here/after (songs of lost voices) is set to be released nationwide on October 21 by PentaTone Classics.

Image courtesy Timothy Krause on Flickr via Wikimedia Commons.

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  • Reality

    The best way to honor the victims of 9/11 is to find out the truth about what happened that day. We spent less on the 9/11 commission investigation than we did on the Monica Lewinsky blowjob scandal.

    Find out how building 7 fell. Find out who made massive amounts of money off of futures trades on airline stocks before the attack. Find out why not one fighter was scrambled to intercept the wayward jets. Find out why not one body was found in the PA crash. Find out what happened to the indestructible black boxes. Find out what happened to the indestructible landing gear and engines at the Pentagon site.

    The list goes on and on. Anyone who has read the commission report or researched 9/11 knows that it is highly incomplete and some of it is pure fiction.

  • Eric

    I love you all off my heart,my body and my soul.Im being in Afric(Benin).you can send me any think to help me.

  • @Reality

    You are right. It really is sad to think we spent more money investigating a blowjob than on 9/11. It speaks volumes as to what the truth really is and the fact that no one wants to know the truth.

    Honestly, though I think people do know. In their gut, they know. A recent poll came out and said that 39% of Americans do not believe the official story and that number is growing every day.

    The events of that day just defy logic.

    I will give you a personal example. A plane I was flying in flew off course due to navigational problems. Within 10 minutes, there was a interceptor jet checking us out. Now on 9/11, four different large airplanes from major carriers flew off course and not one jet was scrambled. It is even more crazy when you realize that literally 20 miles from the Pentagon is air force base that was solely built to protect the Pentagon.

    My example is actually not uncommon. Look up Payne Stewart (the golfer). His plane went of course for 15 minutes and jets intercepted that as well.