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, 64, 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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4 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – “I Never Reckoned, Second Best!

  1. Thank you for the pictures and the video. I like the pictures and the video. This is one of my favorite songs. Clay has a great voice for this song. I have not seen the play . I do like Musicals. Thank you CANN.

  2. As proven on American Idol, Clay can sing any genre, whether it pop, country, disco, blues, gospel and/or show tunes! I remember, early in his career he performed this song back in the late nineties in Raleigh! Love all the pictures and mostly the video of this virtuoso performance of “This is the Moment”! Thank you, CANN!

  3. I drove over to PA to see Clay perform at Lancaster, PA. What a wonderful concert that was! “This is the Moment” is such a powerful song and Clay performed it perfectly.

    • Emily – I left a reply about tickets for the Newark show on yesterdays
      Blog. We got tickets Thursday night by clicking on Midland Theater.

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