made on 9/11/2010
samples Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls
As a New Yorker, I was 8 years old on 9/11/01.
It will be forever cemented in my mind. As a kid, the twin towers were my favorite buildings on earth. I was obsessed with architecture and would always draw my favorite buildings. I was proud to be from New York and claimed ownership of my twins. As a Gemini star sign, I always identified with the twins concept and felt as if the buildings themselves belonged to me. I visited them in the summers of 2000 and 2001 and never made it to the top observatory decks, just the lobby and cafes at the bottom malls. When they fell, I was traumatized for months. I felt as if they were taken from me by bad people. I felt as if there was an evil far greater than anything I could fathom. I was frightened for years to come. I couldn’t believe that not even a small fraction was left and how something so magnificent, so massive, huge, could perish and fall to the ground. My life was altered forever like millions of others. I thought it was Armageddon and to be introduced to that concept at such a young age definitely made life very real to me. I remember being in 3rd grade and seeing and hearing the commotion unfold outside, the smells and sight of smoke in the air from downtown, the sirens, the people migrating uptown by foot, the confusion, the camaraderie. I had an aunt and uncle who worked in the financial district, one in the mayors office, another who was physically present within the buildings and was injured, who luckily survived. Family friends lost members of their family, and so on. I was in school in midtown/uws and it was very real. A fire fighter from the fire station at the corner of our school was killed in the attacks… I remember my mother rushing to get me in her car pool of friends she picked up as well as my cousin who worked in midtown and her looking me in the eyes in the car, telling me in tears that my buildings were gone, as 1010Wins reiterated the same thing. How school was being shut down for the rest of the week and still, no answers. But as time proved, a new beginning was forged. I hope this song stands as a testament to that new beginning.
a flat, colored, ring-shaped membrane behind the cornea of the eye, with an adjustable circular opening (pupil) in the center.
noun: iris diaphragm; plural noun: iris diaphragms
a plant with sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers, typically purple, yellow, or white. Native to both Eurasia and North America, it is widely cultivated as an ornamental.
a rainbow or a rainbowlike appearance.
verb: iris; 3rd person present: irises; past tense: irised; past participle: irised; gerund or present participle: irising
(of an aperture, typically that of a lens) open or close in the manner of an iris or iris diaphragm.