(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. Initially performed to a cheering crowd on Memorial Day, 2001, the song gained popularity after the attacks of 9-11 when a regional network television affiliate paired it with a video montage of the historic events. Since then it has touched 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.
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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