September 11, 2001

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, we were awakened to a disaster in the making as we watched our television screens. Thick, black smoke was rising from one of the skyscrapers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Then a few minutes later, we witnessed a hijacked, commercial jetliner crash into the second tower sending an orange fireball protruding through the other side of the structure. Those memories are forever etched into my mind. I could not stop thinking about this tragedy. I went to my Roland KR-1070 and composed a piece entitled, "September 11, 2001" to reflect the emotions of this sad event of our lives.

The music is divided into 6 parts listed below

"September 11, 2001"

Part I (first 20 seconds)
 The music opens with an approaching sound, ending with a huge bang and explosion as a passenger jet liner crashes into one of the towers of the World Trade Center in the early morning, September, 11, 2001

Part II (next 60 seconds)
 The awful fireball exposes itself coming from the building, and debris cascades taking forever to fall  to the ground. At this point, the music seems to hold time still.

Part III
 A church organ symbolizes an outcry from humans asking, "God, what has befallen us?" Confused, dazed, people do not know where to go.  Many cannot stand the smoke and heat and jump to their deaths from the building.

Part IV
 The flute signifies our ears turning to the dilemma of one man who is on the cell phone talking to his wife. He tells her that he is going to climb to the top of the building and maybe the rescue helicopters will arrive soon. He tells his wife that he loves her. He knows in his heart that rescue is highly unlikely. He is thinking back over his life, his marriage, children, his job, growing up, his mother and father, and his wife's parents. He falls almost into a blissful state. Life is so precious just now.

Part V
 He then tries desperately  to climb to the top floor, but smoke is following him, catching up with him. The music denotes his inevitable fate.

Part VI
 Then we hear one note, followed by 7 matching heartbeats**. Then the note stops, followed by one heartbeat, and the background leaves us in utter suspension as this person dies. Deep and high notes together fade into nothing. The music ends.

World Trade Center Towers from Satellite View-September 11, 2001 Moment of collapse of Tower No 2 (courtesy

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I wish to dedicate this music to the thousands who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, to their families, friends, and relatives, in the hope that this music may convey some small sense of closure to this tragic event.

To download
"September 11, 2001"
(5.1 mbyte mp3 file)
 click HERE
If you have trouble, try "right clicking with your mouse then highlight "save link as" and if you see "Sept-11-2001.mp3" you can save the mp3 file to your computer, then play it with the appropriate mp3 browser. I use Winamp. Let me know if you have any trouble. I have tested this from my dialup at home and it works.

The music is copyrighted but you are free to made an individual download and play it or give it to friends.
If played on any public medium, the following credit line should be used:
 "September 11, 2001" composed and played by R. Malcolm Brown, Jr (


World Trade Center Towers from Satellite View-September 11, 2001 (courtesy

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** The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord
** The Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, and Faithfulness
** The Theological and Cardinal Virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity; Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude
** The Seven Virtues: Faith, Kindness, Love, Generosity, Self control, Humility, and Zeal

Friday, September 14
A National Day of Mourning and Remembrance
The National Cathedral
Washington, DC.

The Story
    I was so moved by this service that I took the audio feed from my television and recorded it onto my Sony MD Walkman. Then I made wave files and converted them to high quality mp3 files. These are large but very excellent. They are much better quality than when I first heard them on my TV! I also took some photos from the recordings, and they are reproduced here to give you a sense of this unique gathering in American history. I pray that you will partake of these files. No permissions are needed. Just use them as you would like. Give them to friends, family, relatives. Tell them about this site. Above all, let's rebuild on the "foundations of faith" which Billy Graham reminded us are still there beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center towers.
mp3 files
Denyce Graves Singing

"America The Beautiful" (2.59mbytes)

accompanied by her husband, David (truly outstanding work!)

"The Lord's Prayer" (3.37 mbytes)

and Billy Graham's address (10.3mbytes)
Click HERE to obtain an html file of my verbatum transcript of Billy
Graham's address.

I personally belive that this address is Billy Graham's best in his long career
God Bless You, Mr. Graham

Other images.......



UT Austin Memorial Service held Noon, September 14, in honor of the  September 11 tragedies

closing ceremony with "The Eyes of Texas are Upon You"

Campus site for Memorial Service

Judith Edmiston with her uncle's flag
email today (Sept 15, from Judith)
Thank you so very much.
What fortune I had finding you as I left with my uncle's flag.
We lost him last September, 16th.
I wear his ring, the one he received on his graduation from the
U.S. Maritime Service Radio Operator's School, Gallups Island, 1942.
My aunt, his wife, is just now past aneurysm surgery, a heart attack,
and a pentuple bypass.  And wanted me to take my uncle's flag, the
one from his ship, to some memorial service...for those in NYC and for
those in D.C. where they lived for 25 years, my uncle in the Rural
Electrification Administration.  [When I visited those many years ago, he
would drive me through his Pentagon parking lot "short cut" as we
drove to his downtown D.C. office.] I promised my aunt I would have
my uncle's flag at and now, with grateful thanks to you, she has
photographs that I did.

Stan Roux, Prathiba Saxena, and Malcolm  after the Service, September 14, 2001

Below are some of the photos I took from Larry's ( photo-montage webpage. He
said these were in the public domain. I wanted to share some of them with you (to view Larry's complete site, go to:
Thank you,

These photos prove that the entire WORLD mourns the loss of human life and atrocities committed in this way!
Good WILL overcome EVIL


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revised September 22, 2001
by R. Malcolm Brown, Jr.