It’s hard to believe that “September eleventh” was ten years ago. I moved to New York City eleven years ago basically to date, and that event still remains as vivid a memory to me as ever. This anniversary is stirring up plentiful emotions for me, and I imagine I’m hardly the only one for whom this is true.
Mostly, I remember the fact that New York really came together after 9/11; there was a real sense of community, civic pride, and joy post that event which, I have found in trying to write this article, is particularly complicated to articulate. Whatever my feelings about political events post-9/11, I really treasure my memories of the city from late 2001.
This week we will celebrate the lives lost that day with a series of requiems, memorial pieces, and works which simply “helped us through.” I’d love to know what pieces you listened to during that period of time, and how you are feeling ten years later. I’ll do my best to program your suggestions. My thoughts are with those remembering lost loved ones this week.
Q2's own Requiem Project begins Friday, September 9 at 4 p.m. at the conclusion of this week's "Remembering New York After 9/11" with Nadia Sirota.