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“Ten Years “-Tribute to the victims of 9/11 (original orchestral composition)

Every year since the tenth anniversary of 9/11 I have remembered the victims through my song “Ten Years.” It is my way of giving what I can to those who lost more than anyone could imagine on that day. In a fury of fire, ash, smoke, blood, and tears, our story, and our history, changed forever. Anyone alive at the time has a story for that day, and this is my story, but a story written for those who took their final breath in a horrific explosion caused by the depravity of the human condition. There is no set of words that I can really use to describe how I felt, so I put it into a song for orchestra and choir. I wrote a love song to every human affected by that day, but most importantly the ones who we cannot hear laugh anymore. Their voices, however, ring loudly amongst the fabric of eternity, touching all of our lives, and telling the ones they love that they are not far away.-Derek


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