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His Guardian Angel's Watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxLPk8MKmzw

This is the final movement of A Beautiful Life, arranged for a soprano soloist. The work was originally written for Jon Tumilson and Hawkeye, whose devotion in service inspired the music.

It is hard to perform this piece because of the tears it always manages to pull.

It was set into motion by the World Trade Center attack of 11 September 2001, and the many examples of service, devotion, dedication, bravery, and courage that followed and continue in all walks of life.

This was performed for the 2015 International Fallen Firefighters Memorial, and has become a signature work of the event.

The lyrics are strongly metaphorical


My master sleeps, but his fallen star
shall always shine for me.
I am his guardian angel's watch,
faithful with reverie.

I am my master's faithful friend
and so I shall always be,
I am his guardian angel's watch,
faithful with reverie.

My beloved sleeps, but his endless love
will live through all eternity.
Right here I will be
until the hour I am taken,
When God sets me free.
Forever in paradise!

Master sleeps, but his rising star
shall always shine for me.
I am his guardian angel's watch,
faithful with reverie.

I am my master's faithful friend
and so I shall always be,
I am his guardian angel's watch,
faithful with reverie.

My beloved sleeps, but his endless love
will live through all eternity.
Right here I will be
until the hour I am taken,
When God sets me free.
Forever in paradise!

Master sleeps, but his risen star
shall always shine for me.
I am his guardian angel's watch,
faithful with reverie.

This concludes A Beautiful Life, which Solus begins. Solus is descent into the abyss. The following two movements, Breath of Life and Hope are the transition. Breath is the climb back up out of the pit, and Hope is the turn. His Guardian Angel's Watch is the conclusion, saying we are each other's guardian angel's watch- meaning that hope, change and healing come from us. It isn't "trickle down" as Reagan of the 1980 decade preached, but "rising up"- the sum of our collective work and effort that rises and lifts us all.

We can neither depend on the wealthy, or look to them as examples, or for hope. Solution to our problems and troubles won't come down from them. It will come from us. It doesn't trickle down. It rises up. We rise up. That the opposition have it exactly backward should surprise nobody. They will be among the last to understand this.

Using crew telephones, flight attendants Betty Ong and Amy Sweeney calmly relayed information to their colleagues on what was unfolding that morning. “Okay, my name is Betty Ong. I’m number 3 on Flight 11. And the cockpit is not answering their phone, and there’s somebody stabbed in business class, and there’s — we can’t breathe in business class. Somebody’s got mace or something.”

Speaking with an American Airlines reservation center, Ong explained that some of the crew had been murdered and hijackers had infiltrated the cockpit. She shared information on the men, including their seat numbers and what they looked like. Her colleague Amy Sweeney did the same.

The calm action of these attendants on their way to eternity led directly to the identity of the hijackers, their origin, and what they represented.

Led by Tom Burnett, Mark Bingham, Jeremy Glick, and Todd Beamer, the passengers on United 93 then rushed the cockpit, with Beamer rallying them in his last words: “You ready? Okay, let’s roll.” Remember their names and what they did. Forget the terrorists and what they did.

What is better? To remember names of terrorists, their origin, method, and cause, or people like Wells Crowther, the man in the red bandana who gave his life saving others during the 9-11 event?

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