You may know that I sing with a large gospel choir. Over this month and for who knows how long, we are going to sing this song (in white satin robes with red/blue sashes) at football games, some NASCAR event, and eventually the White House.
Fact is, I am burned out and want to retreat into my own little shell. War frightens me, and the last thing I want to do is go around singing this song, over & over & over & over again. Some would say, you have the opportunity, take it. I want things back to normal. What say you, my friends? Am I being selfish? Is is okay not to want to get involved in the "hoopla"?
Here's a recent article:
NEWSMAKERS: Local choir lends voices for patriotic recording
Second Baptist Church singers along with Dondino come together on inspirational CD
By HEIDI KNAPP RINELLA
The 150 members of the Second Baptist Church choir have united their voices in the cause of freedom, and they're ready to share the results with the world.
The choir recently recorded "Let Freedom Ring," an original song by local entertainer Dondino. The song was inspired by the events of Sept. 11 and written as a tribute to the country.
Dondino "put the song together but wanted a choir to back him," said the Rev. Spencer White, music coordinator for Second Baptist. "We went into the studio and we sang the song with him."
The result is a CD that will be placed in the back of a patriotically themed, 180-recipe cookbook being sold by the church for $25. The cookbook includes recipes for kids, some from local politicians and some from church members.
Donna Gummelt, vice president of the local In Touch Foundation (which is focused on arts and humanities, primarily music and music programs), said the cookbook-CD combination "will be out hopefully by Sept. 11. We anticipate the first shipment about the 8th of September."
The cookbook and CD will be available at Albertson's at 2885 E. Desert Inn Road and by mail through the foundation, which can be reached at 650-9685. The CD also is available separately, for $11. And a music video, shot at Second Baptist Church and at Red Rock Canyon, also will be available for $11. (Both can be obtained by contacting the foundation.) Gummelt said the video incorporates some footage from 9-11.
"Not sad scenes -- and not intended to be sad, because the whole song is based on peace and unity and freedom," she said.
White said the song talks about such icons of American scenery as valleys, mountains and water.
"All of those things are surrounded by the state of Nevada," he said.
White said funds raised by the project will be used in part to finance a hoped-for trip by choir members to travel to Washington, D.C., to present the book and CD to President George W. Bush and to sing "Let Freedom Ring" on the White House lawn. Church and foundation members currently are trying to make arrangements for that to happen.
"It has been wonderful," White said of the experience. "Just the song, `Let Freedom Ring.' Because what this is doing is letting people across the country know that people who live here in Las Vegas or in the state of Nevada do more than casinos and strip joints. We do have churches here, and we have a lot of diverse culture."