Musical Monday

Country singer’s Dierks Bentley’s “Riser” has quickly become one of my favorite songs.

The song was an emotional one for Bentley. As for me, the chorus of “Riser” gives me strength and reminds me that anything is possible, with a little hard work.

I’m a riser.
I’m a get up off the ground, don’t run and hider.
Pushing comes a-shovin’.
Hey I’m a fighter.
When darkness comes to town, I’m a lighter.
A get out aliver, out of the fire.
Survivor. 

Happy Monday!

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The Place We All Call Home

For the past few nights, I have been glued to the History channel, watching Sons of Liberty. This three part mini-series depicts how our founding fathers fought against British rule and created a new country. Even though I knew the outcome of these events and the Revolutionary War, I sat there in suspense. Chills ran up my arm as I saw delegates from the 13 colonies sign their names for something they believed-the Declaration of Independence.

One of my all-time favorite songs is country singer Dierks Bentley’s ‘Home.’ The song tells the story of America and how this is “still the place we all call home.” As the years 1775-1776 played out on the t.v. screen, I couldn’t help, but remember several verses to the song that describe the mini-series and the birth of our country perfectly:

Free, nothing feels like free
Though it sometimes means we don’t get along
Cause same, no we’re not the same
But that’s what makes us strong

From the mountains high
To the wave crashed coast
There’s a way to find
Better days I know

It’s been a long hard ride
Got a ways to go
But this is still the place
That we all call home

Brave, gotta call it brave
To chase that dream across the sea
Names, and they signed their names
For something they believed

Red, how the blood ran red
And we laid our dead in sacred ground
Just think, wonder what they think
If they could see us now.

Source: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/dierksbentley/home.html

“Dreams Can Grow Wild inside an American Child.” -Phil Vassar

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Happy Monday!

Just wanted to share with y’all a really cool (in my opinion) project I’m working on and need your help.

Country music portrayal of patriotism and American values has always interested me. Doesn’t hearing the words to Tim McGraw’s ‘If You’re Reading This’ or Dierks Bentley’s ‘Home’ pull on your heartstrings? Now, I’m getting the chance to research this topic and turn my research into a documentary. This documentary will consist of interviews and footage throughout Nashville, North Carolina, and Virginia. However, the budget for the documentary is very low and any donations to help me get to the places above is extremely appreciated!

You can donate at: http://www.gofundme.com/juu9es . No amount is too small!

Thank you for your consideration and help in making this really cool country music project a reality!

June 6, 1944: The Longest Day

“You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle.” -General Dwight D. Eisenhower

General Eisenhower spoke these words to American troops 70 years ago today. On June 6th, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to fight against Nazi Germany. Eisenhower also said they will accept nothing less than a victory and a victory was sure delivered.

More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircrafts were involved and by the end, the Allies had a foot-hold in Continental Europe. However, more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded. More than 100,000 soldiers fought to defeat Adolf Hitler and his troops. Together, these soldiers made up a group of men that will never be forgotten for their bravery, courage, and devotion to ending World War II.

365 days a year I am proud to be an American, proud to support the troops and veterans, and proud to live in this great land. One of the reason I love country music so much is because, country music and the artists resemble the true American spirit. They sing about the red, white, and blue and living in America. However, there is one song that will always remain my favorite. “Home” by Dierks Bentley tells the story of America and the battles and scares she carries, but yet, it is the place many people call home.

So, on this 70th anniversary of D-Day, take time to remember all the brave men and their sacrifices and courage as they fought for the place they called home.

Sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSJoZiB-UGY
http://www.army.mil/d-day/index.html

Dierks Bentley’s “Two Loves”

Country singer Dierks Bentley can add “filmmaker” to his list of accomplishments. 

In his new hour-long documentary, Bentley gives fans a “behind the scenes” look at his life. Over the course of two years, the 38-year-old country star had cameras documenting everything from his goodbye to his father, the birth of his son, Knox, to preparing for the release of his new album, Riser, on February 25 .

“Touring musician and family man were never meant to go hand in hand,” he explains in the clip as wife Cassidy is shown waving goodbye. “It’s just two loves of your life pulling at you.” 

The ‘Riser’ documentary will premiere February 22 on CMT. 

To watch the trailer for Bentley’s new documentary, visit: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20782894,00.html