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Music: People of Faith Respond to September 11

A number of Unitarian Universalist (UU) musicians have recommendations for music (anthems) for worship in commemoration of the events of September 11.

  • "It wouldn't take very long," music and lyrics Jeff Chamberlin (Muusic), UU Congregation of Northwest Tucson, AZ
     
  • "One World Anthem," lyrics by Katharine Whiteside Taylor
     
  • "America 2002," by Harlan Sandidge
     
  • "Choose Something Like a Star" (YouTube) by Randall Thompson, with text by Robert Frost
     
  • "For This We Stand" (PDF, 5 pages), by Jim Scott (contact jim @ jimscottmusic.com for performance license information)
     
  • "Hymns of Unity With Diversity," by Brandy Sinco (contact altotenor @ aol.com for a performance license)
     
  • "The New Normal: A Spiritual Response in Words and Music," Original Cast Recording
    The New Normal focuses on the spiritual response to the September 11th tragedy by bringing together the messages of thought leaders of many faith traditions with theater songs, inspirational pieces, and original music. Featuring the work of Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jason Robert Brown, Maltby and Shire, and many others. Although the show has 9/11 as its backdrop, the inspirational ideas are timeless.
     
  • "Praise Wet Snow Falling Early," a choral work with music by Elizabeth Alexander; poem by Denise Levertov
     
  • "Proud Tower Standing Tall," by Harlan Sandidge
     
  • "Remember," by Canadian composer Ruth Watkins Henderson; text by Christina Rossetti (published by Boosey and Hawkes)
    "Remember me when I have gone away." A cappella. Medium to difficult.
     
  • "When I Breathe In," by Sarah Dan Jones
     
  • "When Sudden Terror Tears Apart," by Brad Printz; words by Carl P. Daw, Jr. (published by Hope Publishing Co.)
    The theme of the piece is finding hope and courage and not seeking revenge.

America 2002

© Harlan Sandidge

From the mountains to the prairies,
From the seas to shining seas,
To the oceans that surround her
Breaking white with foam so free,
We will always love and defend her,
Our home forever more,
And we'll love this land for ever,
From shore to blessed shore.

We can see the evil growing,
We can see disaster's toll.
May the world grow ever better,
May her influence ever grow.
Spreading joy and love throughout the world,
Making every nation free;
Protect her and defend her,
Guiding light for all to see.

From the mountains to the prairies,
From the seas to shining seas,
Protect her and defend her,
Guiding light of liberty.

Proud Tower Standing Tall

© Harlan Sandidge

This poem was written assuming that the towers would be rebuilt either actually or symbolically.

Proud tower standing tall, symbol of my being,
To you embued high glory, strong, resilient,
Attacked by lunitics and idiots, to bring you down.

Like a tall man with his head in the clouds, synapses buzzing busily,
His mate stands at his side, and reaches out to the world.
Together they stand yet, invisable and ageless,
Amid the rocks and the steel, soon to be transformed.

Growing yet again, and gaining strenght and breath,
Working symbol now, guiding the world's resources,
People of many nations rejoicing, hearts beating glad.
The nation's life force is renewed.

Proud citizens save the day, and many do join in,
Rebuilding the body and the soul of a land triumphant,
Stuggling with a new maturity to save the day, 
as the sun continues to cross the sky, each day again and always.

When I Breathe In

© 2001 Sarah Dan Jones

Listen on Sarah Dan Jones' Site

Chorus: When I breathe in, I'll breathe in Peace
When I breathe out, I'll breathe out Love (repeat chorus once each time)

Verse: One long day of terror Is etched upon my heart
When I reflect on the shock that I felt
As I cried and watched the world fall apart

Making sense of evil Is no small task
Some would say, "Let's bomb 'em to hell"
But before we do we should look at our own past

Chorus

Verse: At times I feel bewildered Like I'm lost in a dream
I search for hope in the meaning of truth
As I close my eyes and I focus on peace

Fear's a heavy feeling It can eat you alive
But it can't run and it can't hide
If you breathe these words, then you know you'll survive

Chorus

Verse: When I'm feeling hopeless and out of control
I clear my mind as I think on a cure
And I center in as I make love my goal

Is war really an answer? Can we find those to blame?
All we are saying is "Give Peace a Chance"
And I pray to God as I sing this refrain.

Chorus

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Last updated on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

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