Clay Aiken – Beautiful Melodies and Touching Lyrics

I got a bit off schedule last night.  It seems I got lost watching YouTubes of Clay Aiken.  I found one YouTube that, although it is not too old, I had forgotten about.  It was a video of Clay and Lauren Kennedy performing together at the Bringing Broadway Home Concert in Raleigh.  Held on June 21, 2010 at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, the concert was a benefit for the North Carolina Theatre.

Lauren and Clay joined together to sing a beautiful song titled In Whatever Time We Have.  The song was unfamiliar to me, but it was beautiful and I decided to learn more about it.

In Whatever Time We Have is a song from the two-act musical play titled Children of Eden.  Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics.  The musical is based on the Book of Genesis.  The play had a short run on London’s West End, but never made it to Broadway.

It was interesting to read more about Stephen Schwartz.  Schwartz has been an accomplished composer for over 40 years.  Some of the musicals he has written are Godspell, Pippin, and the very popular Wicked.  At one time he had three award winning shows all running on Broadway at the same time.

Schwartz then began working in film.  He collaborated with composer Alan Menken on the scores for Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  He most recently collaborated with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s movie, ENCHANTED.

Schwartz has won almost every major award in his field, including three Oscars, four Grammys, four Drama Desk Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theater.  He has also received six Tony Award nominations. Mr. Schwartz was recently given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

OK…no wonder I liked the song!!  Schwartz is an amazing talent.  There are few people who can write both beautiful melodies and touching lyrics.

The following are the lyrics of In Whatever Time We Have.  It is worth reading the words.  Then, watch and listen to Clay and Lauren as they perform this beautiful song.  It seems to be a perfect match.

In whatever time we have
For as long as we are living
We can face whatever comes
If we face it now as one
I could make it on my own
Now I know that I don’t have to
No one really wants to be alone
In whatever time we have

In whatever time we have
After all this time without you
It’s not easy to be sure
It’s not easy to believe

All we know for sure is this
Though the world could end tomorrow
You and I will be together
In whatever time we have

We know life can be a battlefield
But we won’t run
And we won’t heel
You’ll be my fortress
And I will be your shield
No one really wants to be alone
In whatever time we have

If at times we are afraid
With so little to believe in
It’s alright to feel afraid
I will hold you in the dark

We could live a hundred years
Or the world could end tomorrow
But we know we’ll be together
In whatever time

From this day forward nights won’t seem so black
From this day forward we will never look back
In whatever time we have
We will make the most of time
And at least we’ll be together
In whatever time we have

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Comments

  1. Those really are beautiful words and of course Clay and Lauren sang the song beautifully. Thanks for a great blog! 🙂

  2. Thank you for all this info. I had no idea that this song was written by the same person who penned Wicked. It is a beautiful song. Stephen Schwartz is a very talented man….I love that another talented man sang his song!!

    Another great blog!!

  3. That is such a beautiful song. I enjoyed the whole Broadway Show. It was great. Stephen Schwartz is certainly a very talented man. Clay is just great singing Broadway Music. Thank you for this very informative article.

  4. Oh, What a night that was!!!! I also watched the video of another show-stopper from that one night of incomparable music, "Last Night Of The World", ( link appeared at the end of "Whatever Time We Have"!)
    I was BLESSED to be there that night, & what a treat it is to relive those heart-stopping moments in time!!! What JOY Clay's amazing vocal & entertainment talent has brought to our lives!!!!

  5. I echo what others have said previously. That's a really beautiful song and Clay and Lauren did a wonderful job on the duet.

  6. Every song Clay sang that night, by himself or with one or all of his cohorts, was amazing. "In Whatever Time We Have" was no exception. Absolutely beautiful. I tend to believe that the fan favorite was "Those Magic Changes". Also, Clay appeared to be so very comfortable as he spoke amongst his peers. The entire evening was magical. The whole of Broadway suits Clay to a "t".

  7. Thank you!! I was so glad to know all this, I love the music from Godspell but didn't know anything about who wrote it (wasn't paying attention back then, ha). I'm fascinated by all the info you send us, my goodness, you're amazing!

    Um, about Whatever Time We Have, it is fabulous, thanks for looking it up! I'm thinking tho that probably "heel" in this passage should read "yield", i.e.:

    We know life can be a battlefield
    But we won’t run
    And we won’t heel
    You’ll be my fortress
    And I will be your shield

    vs.

    We know life can be a battlefield
    But we won’t run
    And we won’t yield
    You’ll be my fortress
    And I will be your shield

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