September 11, 2012

Musical Memory of September 11

What beautiful buildings the World Trade Center Towers were.

I worked for 12 years near the towers and spent lots of fun times there.

I remember long lunch hours (sorry boss!) listening to live jazz on the plaza between the towers.

I remember salsa dancing on Tuesday nights at Windows on the World.
I remember industry meetings on the 100th floor in a conference room overlooking the beautifully lit Statue of Liberty and thinking how special this moment was and how incredible a city New York is.I remember spending many a paycheck at Sephora, Express and many other of its shops.

I remember purchasing half-price Broadway tickets and airline tickets in the lobby.

I remember the veryyyy fast elevators and my ears popping.

I remember kissing a cute boy or two after several happy hours at one of the bars in the World Financial Center.

I remember the sound of my heels on the floor as I rushed for the PATH train to New Jersey heading down the shore to our summer rental or for subways uptown, heading home.I remember the 100th floor where I went for several interviews shortly before 9.11 and not getting the job and thanking God that I didn't because many, many people died from that company.

But it is a musical memory of the World Trade Center that I will never forget.

On one of the last times I walked into the towers, during a bustling-as-always rush hour return home, I came across some street musicians at the entrance to one of the towers.

They were playing Superstition by Stevie Wonder and I remember thinking what a great rendition it was.

I have not listened to that song since then. Anytime I hear it on the radio, I switch the station. I just can't listen to it.

I will never forget the close to 3,000 people murdered on September 11.

However, I also grieve for the buildings too. Seems a bit odd to miss a building but the towers were a beautiful place to work and have fun and I will never forget the many crazy, happy memories I had there.

Never, ever forget.



~Kori~ said...

What fun memories you have of such an awesome place!! I have no personal ties to New York, although I love it fiercely, and I have to agree with you. Even as we grieve for all the lost lives on 9/11, we should grieve for the buildings as well. My husband's (whose family is from NJ) great-great aunt, (who died almost nine years ago) worked in Manhattan and walked by the construction of the Twin Towers every day on her trek to and from work. She saw them being built. She then saw them come down. Amazing, really.
New York is as much about the buildings as it is the people. I remember during some show about the making of Sex and the City, (now, don't quote me or anything!) someone said they couldn't have shot the show anywhere BUT NY (no sound stages, etc) because NY was like a character all on its own and couldn't be replicated. Or something to that effect.
Love to you and your city!

Kristie Franklin said...

Remembering this day always makes me feel melancholy and sad.... I'm a loss for words.

Kathy said...

I remember on Sept 11, 2001 getting up excited because I was going to Santa Barbara the next day but as soon as I got into my car to drive to work I heard what happened. It almost sounded like a awful dream. When I got to work I turned on the tv and spent most of the day watching the news of what happened in disbelief. Even here in California everyone seemed to be in a daze. It was so scary and still is to me that something that horrific could happen. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of the World Trade Center.

Rosemary Nardone said...

What a great post and what fabulous memories! I remember eating at Windows on the World with my aunt and not minding being up so high. I normally hate heights but it was such a beautiful view, it did not matter. I have yet to go to the area, I was once at the Century 21 across the street and people were trying to sell photo albums of the towers, I was sickened by that. I will get there sooner than later but I am sure it will be quite emotional for me. We must never forget.

Calypso In The Country said...

Your post gave me chills. Being only an hour from the city, we felt such a loss as well. That day will haunt us all forever. But how thankful you must be that you didn't end up working there! Have a great week, Carmie.

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