Unpatriotic?

  1. 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:
    My Choir

    NEWSMAKERS: Local choir lends voices for patriotic recording
    Second Baptist Church singers along with Dondino come together on inspirational CD

    By HEIDI KNAPP RINELLA
    REVIEW-JOURNAL



    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."
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Brownms46
    LasVegas I know how it feels to be in a group, and have to go places...when you would rather retreat! But I think this is a worthy cause, and might be the best thing for you. Who knows who the Lord has in store for you to meet! Go..enjoy..and keep your eyes open..
  4. by   eltrip
    Vegas, wanting to retreat from all of the hoopla is just you protecting yourself. I am personally grateful that I will work all day, go to church for dinner (the usual) and have our "praise team" rehearsal directly afterward. I continue to be grateful that I will be busy with my 5 year-old who doesn't need to be exposed to any of this, so I won't even turn on the news.

    Taking care of yourself is not unpatriotic. Getting involved in remembrances isn't what patriotism is about. It's about being who you are and supporting the ideals that this country were founded upon so many years ago.

    Be good to yourself,
    Joy
  5. by   sjoe
    Vegas--I noticed another of your posts in a similar vein. For what it is worth, I would suggest that you pick any one day each week (like Tuesday, for example) on which to read a newspaper and watch the news or listen to the news on the radio.
    Leave the other six "news-free" days. You'll find you miss nothing by doing this and you get to forget about all the mayhem for 6 days at a time.
    Some time ago I started reading mainly business-oriented newspapers (Wall Street Journal) and magazines (Business Week), and don't read much of the others. Mainly because the business ones don't have all the murders and mayhem, while providing information about what else is going on.
    For what it's worth.
    Best wishes to you and I'm glad you're recognizing it is a media overload, rather than something wrong with you.
    Obviously the human brain wasn't designed for all this 24/7 information avalanche of brutality and human cruelty which our media is only too willing to provide.
  6. by   NurseDennie
    To the lovely and talented LVRN: If you don't want to do it, don't do it! If you need to take time away from the group, then take your time and do what you need to do to feel better yourself.

    It doesn't do you any good to do something and then either regret it or resent it whilst you're doing it.

    I say stay home and take care of your own family and your self. You SOOO much deserve it!

    Love

    Dennie
  7. by   kewlnurse
    No shame in bailing.
  8. by   LasVegasRN
    Thanks for the honest replies! Going to take the advice and attend only those events I feel like going to, and won't feel guilty for the one's I do not.

    Also, taking a rest from the news. I like that suggestion, sjoe, going to go for it.

    :angel2:
  9. by   rebelwaclause
    Originally posted by sjoe
    Vegas--I noticed another of your posts in a similar vein. For what it is worth, I would suggest that you pick any one day each week (like Tuesday, for example) on which to read a newspaper and watch the news or listen to the news on the radio.
    Leave the other six "news-free" days. You'll find you miss nothing by doing this and you get to forget about all the mayhem for 6 days at a time.
    Some time ago I started reading mainly business-oriented newspapers (Wall Street Journal) and magazines (Business Week), and don't read much of the others. Mainly because the business ones don't have all the murders and mayhem, while providing information about what else is going on.
    For what it's worth.
    Best wishes to you and I'm glad you're recognizing it is a media overload, rather than something wrong with you.
    Obviously the human brain wasn't designed for all this 24/7 information avalanche of brutality and human cruelty which our media is only too willing to provide.
    Great idea sjoe!
  10. by   kmchugh
    Vegas

    Absolutely nothing unpatriotic about your feelings. Allow me a small "self" story.

    I was in the military during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and was actually deployed to the Gulf in August, 91. Medevac'd home three weeks later (knee). You remember Lee Greenwood's song "God Bless the USA?" I really liked that song the first 4923 times I heard it during the first two days of the deployment. After that, I got a little tired of it. Since then, I turn it off whenever I hear it. I have to explain that a lot, but being tired of the song doesn't make me any less patriotic, does it?

    Kevin
  11. by   rebelwaclause
    ^5 as usual Kevin.
  12. by   LasVegasRN
    Ahhh, thanks for helping to put things in perspective, Kev.

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