It was an incredible day! Singers/musicians from across America gathered together at Deltona
Records in Florida to record my original song, “Taking Back
AmericasMightyWarriors.org which assists families of U.S. fallen soldiers is beneficiary of the
proceeds from the sale of the song and compilation CD. Gold Star Mom
Debbie Lee who is the president and founder of
AmericasMightyWarriors.org said she was extremely moved upon arriving
at the recording studio seeing so many cars with license plates from
all over the country.
The atmosphere in the studio was electric; a variety of bands, singers, songwriters and players
representing numerous musical genres from rap to country and
everything in between all meeting for the first time. And yet,
several attendees commented how much the historic recording session
felt like a family reunion. The common thread which bound us all
together was love and a belief that America is the greatest nation on
the planet; a desire to support our military and their families and a
strong opposition to the Obama administration's socialist agenda.
I began the recording session with a welcome and thanks for attending. Then, Rev. Walt Mentzer started us
off with a beautiful prayer. I told the crowd I was grateful we were
still free to pray in public.
But, what really set the mood and inspired the singers was Debbie Lee emotionally telling the
compelling story about how her son, Marc Alan Lee lost his life in
Iraq heroically saving the lives of his buddies. Marc was the first
U.S. Navy Seal killed in Iraq.
While some fought back tears, the choir of 100 singers passionately and enthusiastically sang the choruses of
“Taking Back America”. Then, we began recording individuals each
singing a solo line of the verses, similar to the way the music
community recorded “We Are The World” in the 80s. Those selected
to sing coveted solo lines were band lead singers and
Everyone was moved by the feeling of unity and family in the room. Jeff Bruzzo of ProjectShiningCity.org captured the mood on video. (http://wootv.us/play.php?vid=89)
After we recorded the choruses, the choir was free to leave while we recorded the soloists in another
room. The choir stayed and fellowshipped.
Even though the number of bodies in the building challenged the capacity of the air conditioner to keep up,
they all stayed, laughing and chatting with smiles everywhere.
Friendships were formed, inspired ideas for action were birthed and
collaborations were planned. Eighteen of them went to dinner and
conversations continue well into the late evening.
Who were these guys? They were “We The People” musicians doing their part to restore and preserve our
freedoms, liberty and culture. It was truly wonderful.
Wandering through the crowd, my ears caught snippets of their stories of businesses lost thanks to Obama.
They talked about the specific Obama outrage which pushed them off of
their sofas and caused them to pick up their guitar, start blogs,
start radio shows and form organizations.
Along with the “Taking Back America” song which we sang together, the compilation, “Tea Are The World”
CD will include original songs recorded and submitted by bands and
solo artists from around our country.
Five time Emmy Award winning producer, Norvell Rose shot footage of the day's activities for a “Making of
“ documentary and a music video.
By the time, Frank Starchak, music producer/recording engineer had completed recording the last solo
line of the song, I was physically and emotionally exhausted. With
tears in her eyes, Debbie Lee gave me a huge hug and thanks. Debbie
again commented on the warm feeling of family that permeated the
atmosphere. From long haired white rockers to grandmas to black r&b
singers to teenage rappers to seasoned music business professionals,
the conduit was our love for America and a desire to support our
I was truly grateful to God for pulling it all together.
A brief back story. I have attend over 200 tea parties across America on three Tea Party Express tours. In
every state, musicians approached me with CDs of their original songs
while expressing their desire to be a part of the incredible Tea
Several months ago, while on Tea Party Express II tour, I decided to write a song and record it “We Are
The World” style with musicians from across America. But, who would
be the beneficiary of our efforts?
Debbie Lee joined our team on Tea Party Express III tour. Between rallies, while riding on the tour bus,
Debbie told me about her organization which supports the families of
fallen soldiers and her challenges regarding funding.
Our conversation inspired a eureka moment. I thought, “That's it”! All proceeds will benefit Debbie
Lee's organization, AmericasMightyWarriors.org.
The true hero of the day was my longtime friend and master music producer/recording engineer Frank
Starchak. I later learned Frank awoke the day of the historic record
session with a horrible tooth ache. In true American spirit, Frank
fought through the pain and pleasantly recorded the mass choir and
all of the solo singers.
Frank has also given tremendously to the project. Before recording the vocals, Frank has contributed 30
hours of music production free of charge. He is faced with the
huge task of editing the vocals and mastering the over 30 songs which
will be on the compilation CD. I would love to find an honorarium for
Folks, I say it again. The “Tea Are The World” recording session was an awesome day and a memorable
rewarding experience for all in attendance. Stay tuned for the
release of the “Tea Are The World” CD. It will feature our joined
performance of “Taking Back America” and original songs by bands
and individual artists across America. God bless.
Lloyd Marcus (black) Unhyphenated American