(The “Goosebump”-evoking Patriotic Anthem of Our Time)
Anthem for the Millennium (more commonly known as America, My Home!©) has been hailed as one of the most heart-warming and inspirational patriotic songs ever written. It’s a timeless piece that often evokes goosebumps in its listeners. To date, it has been performed at Memorial Day, Independence Day (Fourth of July), Veterans Day and other remembrance and patriotic holidays all across the country to audiences totalling over 2 million.
The Story behind Anthem for the Millennium
While working on a book about the interdependence of freedom and character, Dr. Simon experienced a rekindling of his own patriotic spirit. He scored a melody that had been haunting him for nearly 7 years, and collaborating with his wife, Dr. Sherry Simon, penned the straight-from-the-heart lyrics of the song. The composition completed at the end of 1999 and meant to usher in the new millennium, it was first performed to a cheering crowd on Memorial Day, 2001. But it gained considerable popularity after the attacks of 9-11 that same year when a regional network television affiliate paired it with a video montage of the historic events. Ever since then it has gone on to touch millions of hearts through public performances, radio airplay, and other venues.
Dr. Simon believes the song to be a natural outgrowth and reflection of his most ardent beliefs about our country. The song’s message is that America’s real greatness lies not so much in her military might or economic power, but in her people of good character, who honor her best ideals, keep her promise, and make the very survival of freedom possible. Each one of us has the responsibility to uphold our best traditions and to keep the dream of freedom alive.
New HD Video Featuring America, My Home!
The popular patriotic website USA Patriotism has posted a brand new video montage featuring our iconic song. Here’s a link:
Another Wonderful Video:
An independent producer compiled this HD video rendition of the song earlier this year. Enjoy and share it, too!
Original Rendition of America, My Home!
This is a video montage aired by a regional ABC TV affiliate during the first few days following September 11, 2001. The audio portion of the montage has been recently enhanced with new orchestration.
Are you a musician/vocalist?
You can join the chorus of those who have brought audiences nationwide to their feet with song’s powerful message by securing performance rights, sheet music, or a performance CD by contacting Dr. Simon via the contact page. The performance CD comes complete with state-of-the-art synthetic orchestral accompaniment tracks, including optional backing choral vocals, and a moving vocal demo by Country Music Showdown National Champion Ricky David Tripp.
Alternate Sheet Music
Anthem for the Millennium was composed in two main versions. One version, primarily scored for full orchestra, is in verse, verse, chorus format and has slightly different lyrics. Another version is in the popular verse-chorus, verse-chorus version and is ideal for airplay and for public performances by a soloist with backup vocals. Custom scores for Jazz bands, marching bands, light orchestras, etc. and other modified versions are available upon request by contacting the composer, using the contact page.
SAMPLE COPIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE PUBLISHER FREE OF CHARGE TO CHORAL GROUPS, SCHOOLS OF MUSIC, MILITARY AND VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS, AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS. ADDRESS REQUESTS DIRECTLY TO DR. SIMON USING THE CONTACT PAGE. DEMONSTRATION ORCHESTRATION CDS AND PERFORMANCE SOUNDTRACKS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.
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