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

  1. Clay is a most exciting singer and “This Is The Moment” is an exciting song! Absolutely no one can sing like Clay and I can’t figure out why he has put it away for so long! Hoping he is saving something up for a little later. He is the master of many talents and I just can’t figure out the politics and his love of that

    especially right now. But if that makes him happy I am satisfied. Maybe this provides more time for him to spend with family as these are important years for Parker right now – that’s a good thing, also!

    I never saw the musical, Jekyll & Hyde – Mr. Wildhorn certainly seems to have a musical soul for sure! Love the voice of Linda Eder!

  2. WOW! Clay always amazes me with his golden pipes! The glory note at the end of the performance was virtuoso! Thank you, CANN!

  3. Thank you for he pictures and the video.This Is The Moment is one of my favorite song. Clay has a beautiful voice to sing it. A long time ago I saw the Jekyll and Hyde play on my local PBS station. Thank you for showing the video. Now I can listen to the podcast. I can hear Clay sing and talk today. Thank you again CANN.

  4. I did see the stage play of Phantom of the Opera, but not the Jekyll & Hyde musical. I do recall seeing Linda Eder sing with Clay. Was that live at the PBS special, but not on the DVD? I did see Linda Eder in an open air concert here in Columbus, OH many years ago. What a beautiful singer!

  5. WOW what a voice. His voice is his strength, I don't understand why he is not using it. Politics is a rabbit hole.

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