Clay Aiken – A Beautiful Duet!

Time:                  June 21, 2010

Where:               Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

What:                 Bringing Broadway Home: a benefit for The North Carolina Theatre

Clay Aiken was one of the talented musicians that performed at Bringing Broadway Home.  He sang many wonderful solos, but he also sang an amazing duet with the talented Lauren Kennedy.

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. In 2015, Schwartz received the  Isabelle Stevenson Award, a special Tony Award, for his commitment to serving artists and fostering new talent.

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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