9/11 Remebered: Three Outstanding Country Videos
Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America that killed nearly 3,000 people.
3,000 Americans- on one day, on our home soil.
Through the grief and shock of that September day, Country music was, and has been, at the forefront of providing songs that captured the country's emotions.
Here are my selections of three outstanding songs-with their official videos.
Aaron Tippin: Where The Stars and Stripes (And The Eagle Fly)
You may-or may not- know that this song was already in the can when the attacks of 9/11 happened. Aaron has always been a very patriotic person, so that really comes as no surprise.
What's great about the finished video is that it captures America's "This is America, and we will never go down as a country" spirit.
The look in his eye when he say's "..and if that bothers you, well that's too bad" is priceless.
Alan Jackson: Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)
November 7th, 2001. Barley two months since the attacks of 9/11 at the Country Music Association Awards show.
Alan Jackson comes onstage and performs this song.
The wounds were still so deep; the timing of this song on that day, still amazes me.
Here's Alan Jackson with this song.. did he wonder: "Is America ready for it? Can I convey it the way I want?"
There never was an "official" video for the song- only from the CBS broadcast that night.
If you come by the K99 studios you'll find a copy of Alan's hand-written lyrics on a wall outside the studios where the K99 Airstaff talked our community through that day- just as Alan talks the whole country through our grief with this song.
Darryl Worley: Have You Forgotten?
After the Osama Bin Laden orchestrated attacks of Al-Qeada and on 9/11, the USA went to war.
Two years later, Darryl Worley- who had been on many USO tours prior to and many many more since the attacks, came out with this song. A song that captured the frustration our country was feeling- frustration over having our service men and women overseas fighting and dieing a war that had become increasingly harder to understand.
The song takes the position that I took- 'we are going to have to be there, until I and the USA feel vindicated.'
I can't say if that position is wrong or right- at the time- or even now.
But the song and its images to me, exactly capture my and others emotions- still two years after 9/11.
Even now, after the capture and execution of Saddam Hussein, and Osama Bin Laden, the question is still relevant and true.
Later this week, I will be looking at outstanding videos that use these songs as a soundtrack.
God Bless the USA.
May God rest all the souls of the victims of 9/11.