I once cried

Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” plays. Most people know this as the music from the movie “Platoon”. I remember a couple years ago after hearing the news of a terrorist attack at an American embassy. NPR did a special program on remembering the American’s who died from the car bomb. This music was playing in the background.

September 2001 I was listening to another NPR special. A conductor was overseas in England and was to conduct the London symphony in Barber’s famous adagio. He (the conductor) spoke of the emotions pouring through him as he conducted this piece.

This music reminds me of great sadness, great loss, and an overwhelming sense of grief.

I once stood in my apartment in Houston, Tx. It was a sunny day. The radio played Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” while the names of those who lost their lives in a recent terrorist attack were read over the air. I stood and cried.

One year later from the tragic destruction of the WTC, I try to forget, and again… I cry.


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