“Playground Museum” is a hauntingly beautiful song written and performed by thirteen-year-old singer songwriter Schuyler Iona (link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMm6wL9uZ-Q&feature=share) about her memories of her experience as a three-year-old girl walking on Broadway in New York City on the morning of September 11, 2001 and hearing the roaring planes fly overhead and crash into the World Trade Center. She sings of the confusion and cries of terror that surrounded her, as her everyday world collapsed into chaos; of her yearning to find refuge in her playground, her “museum of ordinary faces;” and of her hopes for a restoration of well being and a “new beginning.” Schuyler’s musical tribute to those who died on that tragic day is a gift to all of us, giving us extraordinary access to an experience of world-shattering trauma and a courageous effort to emerge from it. 

Copyright Robert Stolorow

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