Clay Aiken – “I Never Reckoned, Second Best!


If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.
~Latin Proverb



This Is The Moment

Last 2 Verses

This is the moment –
My final test –
Destiny beckoned,
I never reckoned,
Second Best!

I won’t look down,
I must not fall!
This is the moment,
The sweetest moment of them all!

This is the moment!
Damn all the odds!
This day, or never,
I’ll sit forever 
With the gods!

When I look back,
I will always recall,
Moment for moment,
This was the moment,
The greatest moment 
Of them all!

Many years ago, I was given the CD of the music from the Broadway show, Jekyll & Hyde.  My entire family enjoyed listening to the music and each one of us had our favorite song.  It was fun learning more about the talented man who had that exciting music in his soul.


Frank Wildhorn, 60, was born in New York and taught himself the piano while in high school.  His interest was varied and he wrote and performed music ranging from Rock & roll to Rhythm & Blues to Jazz.  He graduated from The University of Southern California where he began writing Jekyll & Hyde.

The following are a few facts about Frank Wildhorn:

  1. In 1999, he became the first composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway.
  2. His shows have been nominated for 8 Tony Awards.
  3. He wrote the #1 hit by Whitney Houston, Where Do Broken Hearts Go.
  4. There have been 11 international recordings of Jekyll & Hyde recorded in 7 languages.
  5. The music from Jekyll & Hyde has been featured at the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Miss America Pageant, and President Bill Clinton’s Inauguration.
  6. Wildhorn launched 6 Broadway scores in 14 years, no small feat.
  7. In 2009, his musical, Bonnie & Clyde was not a success and closed after only 69 performances.
  8. He was married to Linda Eder for six years and they have a young son. They were divorced in 2004.
  9. His last two shows, Death Note: The Musical, and Mata Hari have been played in Korea.

When I first heard Clay Aiken sing, I always hoped that I might hear him perform This Is The Moment, from Jekyll & Hyde.  When I found out he sang it at the Pieces of Gold Show in Raleigh, I was not surprised.  I was thrilled when he sang it again in Raleigh at the Bringing Broadway Home concert on June 21, 2010.  It was wonderful to hear one of my favorite songs performed by my favorite singer.


Have you ever seen the Musical, Jekyll & Hyde ?

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6 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – “I Never Reckoned, Second Best!

  1. Clay's platinum voice never ceases to amaze me – chills all of the time! I pray he keeps
    singing! Love Linda Eder's singing, too! Sorry to say I never saw the Musical, Jekyll &

    Thank you for all of the information on Frank Wildhorn.

  2. Clay singing Broadway! What more could we wish for? "This is the Moment" is my favorite song from Jekyll and Hyde; and to hear Clay performance was virtuoso! Thank you, CANN

  3. What a great way to start the morning…Clay singing a rousing song! Tomorrow marks a great day. The CANN will celebrate 10 years of bring us photos, news, songs and inspiration from and about Clay. Thanks a million.

  4. This is my favorite song from Jekyll and Hyde. Clay has a great voice for this song 'This Is The Moment'. I have never seen this play.

  5. I love the background research you do on the songs. Thank you a d thank you for sharing Clay everyday with us.

  6. I never saw Jekyll and hide clay sure does have a great voice for the song this is the moment I never saw the play oh wow 10 years tomrow cann I can hardly wait to celebrate

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