"Sometimes words are hard to find, but I just had to let my heart speak, and that's what came out, a song that we wrote," Tara Jones said.
She wrote, played the saxophone, and sings the song she calls "Anthem of Solidarity."
Tara's mom, a former music teacher, sang background on the CD. She was the one who urged Tara to get the song recorded.
"I pushed and pushed and pushed and I said you need to get that," Jerelene Jones said. "It really has a message. During these times America needs inspiring."
She believed in the song so much that she put up a little more than $1,200 of her own money to get things going. They just wanted to get a song out that has such a simple, encouraging message.
"People to unite and not give up hope because sometimes, it does get tough, but you have to hang in there," Tara said.
"Her intent was to inspire people as she had been inspired by phrased used by President Bush, 'We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail.," Jerelene said.
Family and friends make-up the singers and producers of the group, which is appropriately called family and friends. They don't have a lot of experience doing this sort of thing. In fact, it's the first project Tara has actually seen to the end. Getting it done though, was a bit of a challenge.
"We didn't have your regular recording studio," Tara said. "What we did was, we got together in my sister and brother-in-laws closet and recorded everything using the computer in a bedroom closet."
They've all put their hearts and souls into a song that they want to give hope, to heal and unite all of us.
"It would be good to know that my words can actually be felt by someone else. It's good to know that message is being taken," Tara said.
Tara's mom is also the group's marketing person. She's sent about 100 CDs across the country and the world. She even sent one to a station in Hartford, Connecticut, not knowing that the station was running a "Best Patriotic Song" competition. "Anthem of Solidarity" won the contest, and the song will be submitted to Congress as a suggested national theme song for the attacks.
If you'd like a copy of the song, it's available for $5. Just send it to this address:
Anthem of Solidarity
P. O. Box 123
Gulfport, MS 39501
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