Everything Went QuieT

For Mezzo Soprano, String Trio, Percussion, and Electronics

Dedicated to the victims and all those affected by Columbine, Wakefield, Red Lake, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Aurora, Santa Monica, Florida State, Sandy Hook, and any mass murder tragedy. The one parallel between all of these events is the thoughts of the survivors within the moment. Light, calm, silence, the slow passage of time, and prayer, all woven together in the final moments when everything went quiet. 

Someone loves you, someone loved them.

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Notes about the text

Mezzo Soprano text: These fragments are survivor's thoughts and sayings during moment of the tragedy. 

"Everything went quiet" - Aurora

"It felt like forever and ever" - Aurora

"Overwhelmed by calm" - Aurora

"I told them to be quiet, I told them to be absolutely quiet" - Sandy Hook

"Run" - Sandy Hook, young boys last word as he was helping other students escape in the hallway

"Come on, sweetie" - Sandy Hook officer cradling a wounded girl 

"Reach the light" - Columbine, wounded student crawling for three hours towards a window continually repeated this phrase to himself. Aurora, survivor was shoot and running toward the exit. 

"I wanted them to know that someone loved them and I wanted that to be one of the last things they heard, not the gunfire in the hallway" - Sandy Hook, Teacher- Kaitlin Roig


Playback: Sandy Hook teacher, Kaitlin Roig, continually repeated the Lords Prayer over and over to her students while they were trapped in a small bathroom. Columbine librarian, Patrica Nielson can be heard saying the lords prayer in a muffled tone over the 911 emergency call.

Our Father, which art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done,

in earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive them that trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

[For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever.]



mm.117 to the end - Combined Lords prayer and survivors thoughts


for everything went quiet forgive

lead into absolute quiet

kingdom come on sweetie

it felt like forever, and ever


someone loves you

someone loves them

someone loves amen