Today marks the 13-year anniversary of 9/11 – one of the most painful days in U.S. history for countless Americans. To honor the anniversary of 9/11, Michael Sweet and George Lynch have teamed up to create a powerful, inspiring hard rock anthem entitled “September.”
Through the years, there have been other songs written directly about the tragic events that forever changed the lives of so many Americans, but most of the notable ones are country songs. Sweet & Lynch are the first ones (that I can think of) to pen a hard rock anthem directly inspired by 9/11, and the impact that it made on our country.
Having experienced the attack on the Twin Towers in a very personal way (see full story), the anniversary of 9/11 always brings a flood of painful memories rushing to the surface. It is said that time heals all wounds, but this is one mental scar that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Each year, I relive the horror that I experienced in a very visceral way with no real means of escape. That being said, Sweet & Lynch’s song “September” did provide some solace on this painful day.
Famed fairy tale author, Hans Christian Andersen, was absolutely correct when he said…“Where words fail, music speaks.”
Reading about, and discussing, 9/11 each year on the anniversary has never done anything to diminish the raw emotions are felt throughout the day. In some ways, it actually makes things worse, but engaging with others always seemed like the best way to remind myself that I am not alone in my feelings.
Listening to “September” today was inspirational. The lyrics perfectly capture the feelings that began on 9/11/01 and have stayed with me throughout the years, and the powerful, anthemic nature of the song brings me back to a time before the collective innocence of America was lost forever.
Music cannot wash away deep-rooted scars and painful memories, but it can provide a brief respite from storming emotions. On this, the 13th anniversary of 9/11, I am grateful to Michael Sweet and George Lynch for “September,” a great song that, in a perfect world, never would have needed to be written.