On September 9, 2011 I was honored to be a part of Marsh & McLennan Companies’ 9/11 Memorial Service.
Ten years ago, the Marsh & McLennan Companies held floors 93 to 100 in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. That morning, American Airlines Flight 11 went through floors 93-99 of that tower, and 358 employees lost their lives. One of those victims was Rebecca Koborie. She had been the conductor for the amateur company chorale, MMC Chorale, which 7 years later, I was honored to begin conducting myself.
Interspersed with video interviews, poems, and words spoken by colleagues and family, we performed a song MMC Chorale sang at her funeral and a song that I wrote for the group. The service was meant, in Year 10 of our mourning, to recognize the positive impact the victims had on our lives and the responsibility we have to bring that into the world for them. I wrote and arranged “Collective Spirit” with that bittersweet theme in mind, both lyrically and with its 3/4 modulation between ionian and aeolian modes. “Collective Spirit” appears from 31:21-34:45 of the video below.
You can watch the entire service on Marsh & McLennan’s Memorial site.
I hope that the words spoken and sung in the video inspire us all to continue to use our collective spirit for mutual understanding and positive impact in the world.