Time again for Monday’s Music Moves Me! Today is Sept 11. A date that will not be forgotten soon. I will never forget where I was and what I was doing on that fateful day. The emotions that I experienced, the feeling of concern for my country, and I will never forget the feeling of patriotism that the entire country seemed to be experiencing. We are a resilient people.
While I was living on the opposite side of the country, I had a personal stake in the events that took place that day. My older brother works in Manhattan. Thankfully, he was able to make it home safely to his wife in Staten Island.
Our country has gone through a few more times of pulling together since then. But today, we honor 9/11. In effort to speed up the page loading, I'm using a playlist.
- "Hero" is a song by Enrique Iglesias. It was written by Iglesias, Paul Barry and Mark Taylor. Iglesias released the song to radio on August 13, 2001. After the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, which took place eight days after the song's release on CD, it was one of the few songs chosen by radio DJs in New York City to be remixed with audio from police, firefighters, civilians at Ground Zero, and politicians commenting on the attacks
- Five for Fighting's "Superman," released in late 2000, became an unofficial anthem for the first responders in the days following the attacks
- "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" is a song written and recorded by Toby Keith. The song was written in late 2001, and was inspired by Keith's father's death in March 2001, as well as the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States later that year.
- Neil Young’s “Let’s Roll” On September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer, a passenger on the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, tried to place a credit card call through an air phone, but was routed to a customer service representative instead, who passed him on to supervisor Lisa Jefferson. Beamer reported that one passenger was killed and that a flight attendant had told him the pilot and co-pilot had been forced from the cockpit and may have been injured. He was also on the phone when the plane made a quick and violent turn, a move that had him briefly panicking. Later, he told the operator that some of the other passengers were planning to attack the hijackers and regain control of the aircraft, after they learned about what happened at the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. According to Jefferson, Beamer's last audible words were "Are you ready? Okay. Let's roll."
- Alan Jackson's "Where Were You" The song's lyrics center on reactions to the September 11 attacks in the United States, written in the form of questions. Jackson desired to write a song capturing the emotions surrounding the attacks, but found it difficult to do so.
What are some of your memories of that fateful day?
Today’s post is part of the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop, hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by JAmerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked and Curious as a Cathy. Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants.