We finally got rain over the weekend! Finally, after something like two-and-a-half months with no rain, we got some rain. Not much, but enough to cool things down to a ‘normal’ degree here in the Pacific Northwest, and hopefully enough to help all the firefighters valiantly fighting all the wildfires we have going on in our state and neighboring states.

Here’s hoping all my friends are safe and secure from the effects of Hurricane Irma – this has been a really rough weather year all around!

Today marks the 16th year of the 9/11 attacks. Do you remember where you were when the world stopped turning? It was certainly a surreal and sad day, that one. We will never forget.

To that end, today’s songs are in remembrance of 9/11. Let’s start with a song written by this artist in the wake of the September 11 attacks. The idea of the song came to him at 4 am in the morning. He said that the lyrics really “came out of nowhere.” He was quoted as saying:

“It was just a gift, I got up and scribbled it down and put the melody down so I wouldn’t forget it, and the next day I started piecing all those verses together, thoughts I had or visuals I had.”

Here’s Alan Jackson with “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”:

Next up is a video that’s simply entitled “9/11 Tribute”:

Next up is a song this artist wrote this shortly after the terrorist attacks. He said he wrote the song based on what he thought his father’s thoughts on the terrorist attacks would have been. His father was a veteran and a patriot.

This song established this artist as an unwavering supporter of the American armed forces. His intention was to play it for troops on USO tours but not to be part of a commercial release. However, after playing it for Pentagon brass in Washington, the Marine Corps commandant said, “You have to release it. You can serve your country in other ways besides suiting up in combat.”

Here’s Toby Keith with “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)”:

Last, but certainly not least, is a song from this group I wasn’t able to find information on, but the lyrics include “From farmers in the fields, to the tallest of the towers that fall and rise, 1-7-7-6, the names upon the list, for all the ones that gave until they died” which indicates they included 9/11 in this, and they dedicated it “to the men and women who serve this great country”.

Here’s Imagine Dragons with “America”:

Never forget!

That’s a wrap for this week – see you on the dance floor.

Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:   PhotobucketI have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohort, Callie from JAmericanSpice, and our awesome friend Cathy, from Curious as a Cathy.

Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!


  1. It was heartbreaking and surreal, especially having to go on quietly with the day so the children would not panic, having to pick the right words to use so they would know what was going on without being afraid when we were terrified ourselves.

    Your music choices are spot on!

  2. Anyone old enough to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001 can never forget. This is one of those news stories that remains engrained in our minds as does Kennedy or Pearl Harbor.

  3. There’s nothing like country music to express emotions for occasions like this. The Alan Jackson song is a favorite, but I didn’t know the backstory. Lyrics that come at 4am are the best! Listened to Toby Keith, too. I’ve been getting into Imagine Dragons in recent months so this song was new to me. A sad day to listen to music, but it also was a good way to commemorate this day I will never forget.

  4. Stacy,

    A lot of excellent mewsic came out of this tragedy and what a wonderful way to express oneself through song, too! Alan Jackson’s tribunal tune is one of my picks which I found while going through the choices for my post, it almost seemed new-to-me because I’m not sure I remembered it but I feel in love with his heartfelt lyrics. It amazes me how so much sorrow spins off such creative works as this but you know the saying, “when words fail, music speaks”. Thanks for remembering 9/11 with me and never forgetting what was done on this day. God bless America always and let freedom live!

  5. Hi Stacy,
    Excellent 9/11 post. The “I Believe” song and video is incredible. It’s 4 days past 9/11 this week and the sadness from Monday’s anniversary still lingers. And today another terrorist attack is being reported in London. When will it end?? Sigh.

    I love Toby Keith’s Angry American. I’m listening to Imagine Dragon’s song right now. I never heard it before. It’s good. Thanks for including in. I’m appreciating the introduction.

    Have a good weekend,

    Michele at Angels Bark

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