Songs Inspired By 9/11
September 11, 2011 by USA Post
Songs Inspired By 9/11, The rubble at ground zero was still smoldering when Alan Jackson awoke in the middle of the night with the lyrics to “Where Were You (When the world stopped turning)” in your head.
The singer, who had returned home late that night after playing to benefit a children’s home in his native Georgia, got out of bed and went to his office. Recorded the melody and lyrics into a tape recorder and went to bed.
“The chorus almost word for word, finished the record, and the melody, too,” says Jackson. “I’ve had songs come to me before that, but nothing seems as clear as this. The next morning, I began to put together all the verses about the things he had seen or heard.”
“Where Were You (When the world stopped turning)” was one of the songs of many countries that emerged in the months after 9 / 11, to give voice to the tragedy and the feelings of the survivors and citizens.
At the forefront, Aaron Tippin on “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly” climbed to the top spot on Billboard’s country songs after the attacks. Lee Greenwood “God Bless the USA”, re-entered the charts in the Top 20, 17 years after its initial release. “Where Were You (When the world stopped turning)” was in early November of this year and next year, even more songs that were either left the country pulled out of the headlines of the attack or shade subtle about the impact of the events had on the country.
Blows to the chest, Toby Keith “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” was number 1 in 2002. Randy Travis came out with “America will remain forever,” Hank Williams Jr. recorded “America Will Survive”, Craig Morgan released “God, family and country,” Charlie Daniels stirred up controversy with “This is not a rag is a flag, “Ray Stevens made people laugh with” Osama Yo Mama “and Darryl Worley” Have you forgotten “topped the charts in April 2003.
“I think if people watching thought country music in that country had lost its touch in terms of being able to really capture the moment and give voice to the emotions of people, I think we learned from 9 / 11 not was the case, “says Wade Jessen, director of high-level graphical billboard in Nashville. “Radio of the country prompted the message, and really in many respects, with the artists, the people who helped in the short term fix, the way it was supposed to feel.”
Why wrote the songs that made
Tippin said looking at his record label at the time, Lyric Street Records, a complement to the action for “When the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly” on country radio as fast as it did was the proudest moment of his career.
“These people could not pick up a rifle so he took what he had,” says Tippin.
Tippin proud anthem recorded the weekend after 9 / 11, which gave the label first thing Monday morning and was on the radio within days. The musicians who played on it donated their time, and all proceeds went to support Tippin families of the victims.
Stevens wrote a comedy song because “if you can invoke a smile or a laugh that does what you’re saying more acceptable to a lot of people,” he says. And 10 years later, Daniels has not yet apologized for “This is not a rag is a flag,” which some people found offensive.
“I wrote it because it’s my way of saying,” This is America and we will not endure what they did to us, ‘”he says.” We are coming later and there is nowhere you can hide, and we have shown to make a while. ”
Worley was fresh from a trip to play the troops and discouraged by the lack of visible support in the U.S. military about a year after the attacks, when he and co-writer Wynn Varble set out to remind people of what was lost.
“This is one of the events we have to remember that our children need to remember. Must never forget this. If you think about it, this song could cover our entire history as a nation. We set out to write a song that would be eternal, and I think we did, “Worley says” have you forgotten? ”
Reluctant to cut Alan Jackson “Where Were You”
However, Jessen feel the message that still exists is in “Where Were You (When the world stopped turning).”
For many people, the song became a comforting voice and a union of giving credit to the tragedy through a series of questions for a wide range of emotions that includes anger, fear, sadness, confusion and national pride.
But for a while, it seemed as if no one listens.
Jackson had serious reservations about playing or recording of the song, because he felt it was wrong for the benefit of professional a song born of tragedy.
“I really did not want to write something for it or feel like I should, but this song just came out of nowhere,” he says. “I played it for my wife, Denise, and she thought it was special, and then my producer and record label and everyone said I should record it, but I did not want.”
Jackson relented and performed the song live for the first time in November 2001 at the CMA Awards, held under tight security at the Grand Ole Opry House. Jessen wept with the rest of the audience as Jackson pulsed through the verses.
“That’s not something that happens in the mass of the CMA,” says Jessen. “(The song) is what really allowed people to let it all out, and to me, I think the underlying message was then, ‘OK, I do not know how you feel about it, and that” It is well feel more emotion in it, and it was a great relief. I think a lot of tears I saw at the Opry (home) that night were tears of relief, because someone said, someone really was there and told us what was in our hearts. ”
“Where Were You” has become another song from Jackson’s career. He has played in the Pentagon’s 9 / 11 survivors, some still bandaged and disfigured from injuries, and in the streets of the city of New York.
“It’s something I can hardly describe, to be able to sing in some of the places with people who were involved so directly and see their reactions and everything,” says Jackson. “I feel very good about being able to share music with them and see that make a difference for them.”
Now Jackson is ready to play the song on Sunday night at the National Cathedral in Washington on national television a Concert of Hope. President Barack Obama will attend and will be the fourth president of which Jackson has done. The singer is nervous and still avoids any credit.
“As the song says, I’m just a singer of simple songs,” says Jackson. “I’m nothing special. I’m not a prophet. God sent things around here, and I wrote it.”
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