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Explore the creative process behind PraiseGathering’s 2009 Patriotic Musical, ‘Homeland,’ as Randy Vader and Rose Aspinall share insights in this exclusive Backstory episode. Discover the profound connection between music, patriotism, and America’s shared history.

Homeland

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Embark on a journey into the heart of PraiseGathering Music Group’s 2009 Patriotic Musical, “Homeland,” as Randy Vader and Rose Aspinall delve into the creative process in this exclusive Backstory episode. With over 40 successful musicals under his belt, Randy Vader, the founder and owner of PraiseGathering, shares insights into the inspiration behind his seven patriotic works, including the latest release, “Homeland.” From the unique challenges faced in the aftermath of 9/11 to the evolving narrative of American identity, Vader’s thoughtful reflections offer a rare glimpse into the profound connection between music, patriotism, and the shared history of a nation. Join the conversation as they discuss the underlying philosophy that guides the creation of patriotic musicals and gain a deeper understanding of the compelling stories woven into the fabric of America’s musical tapestry. (Jump to Video Transcript)

“Homeland”

Released: November 2009
Words: Created by Randy Vader and Jay Rouse
Produced by: Randy Vader and Jay Rouse
Orchestrated by: Jay Rouse, Camp Kirkland and Rolin R. Mains
Performance Time: 52 min.
Voicings: SATB

Product Description:

America has often been referred to as the great melting pot of nationalities and cultures. That is true to a certain extent. Americans have not relinquished the unique character of their individual heritage – they have, however, acknowledged those things that unite all of us as a people, a nation dedicated to liberty and justice for all. The one thing we share that is most obvious is this particular area of the planet Earth, located in the western hemisphere, on the North American Continent. This is a landmass that is bordered east and west by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and north and south by Canada and Mexico. In addition, we have two states that are thousands of miles removed from these borders but very much a part of these states – the United States of America. This is a celebration of our country – our dwelling place – our Homeland.

Our Homeland – this is the place where we pledge the same flag, protect and defend the same Constitution, breathe the same air, cherish the future of our children, and stand constant vigil to defend the rights that compelled our founders to form a more perfect Union. This is the place our ancestors fought for, and also the place where people still gather the courage to come and be a part of the greatest experiment in freedom in human history.

America – a land uniquely blessed of God – a staggering mosaic of natural beauty and resources. America – sweet land of Liberty. America – residence for those who dared to dream the dream, pay the price, share the costs. . . of living in the HOMELAND!

Titles:

• The Star-Spangled Banner
• This Land is Your Land
• Salute to the States (America the Beautiful)
• Livin’ in the Homeland
• Salute to the Armed Forces
• Count the Cost (To See That Banner Wave)
• Let Justice Roll On
• Doxology
• We Shall Overcome
• Lean On Me
• We the People
• Battle Hymn of the Republic

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0:14
hi I’m Rose Aspinall all with Praise
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Gathering Music Group welcome to
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backstory behind the scenes with praise
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Gathering music this series will feature
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interviews with the creative staff of
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Praise Gathering music group in order to
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give you an inside look at our company
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today we want to take a few minutes to
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have a conversation with Randy Vader the
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founder and owner of Praise Gathering
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music group our topic patriotic
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celebrations Randy you have written over
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40 very successful musicals uh they
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range from Easter to Christmas several
0:49
non-seasonal works and I
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believe uh we’re up to seven patriotic
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Works seven yeah your patriotic works
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are known for their depth um great music
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uh very insightful uh narrations that so
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many people respond to uh what led you
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to first develop a patriotic
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work you know I’ve been I’ve been asked
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that several times in fact before I
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answer that though welcome to all our
1:20
friends and thank you Rose for hosting
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us Rose would be the other half of this
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part of the creative team and then we’ll
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have Jody Hall and Jay Rouse with us um
1:29
pretty soon for one of these so thank
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you for doing that the Patriotic uh I
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had thought about it for for a while but
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I as far back as 1995 I had my first
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meeting with some writers out in
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California to just discuss what what I
1:46
would do if I did a patriotic work well
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their answer was they they were really
1:49
trying to lead me to do a pageant uh
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kind of a more of an entertainment kind
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of thing and I I told him I didn’t I
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wasn’t comfortable with that that that
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really wasn’t what I was trying to do I
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was I didn’t want to get did get too
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heavy but I wanted it to be substantive
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not just an entertaining thing and I had
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told them I think what’s going on in the
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country uh should be reflected not only
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that God has blessed us but we need God
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you know we need his intervention and
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just if that’s true then there are some
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things that that that we need to fix
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that we can do better and so I I excuse
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myself and I went
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upstairs uh from that meeting and I went
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to our room in Carol was watching the
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television just mesmerized by it because
2:32
it was the morning of the Oklahoma City
2:35
bombing and I told her about my meeting
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and and said you know this is this I
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didn’t imagine anything quite this bad
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but that really put me on track to to
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not only want to do one but what I was
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going to say and the big issue for me on
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the Patriotic work that I had to settle
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before in fact I had this schedule to
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record and canceled it and and went back
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and and just needed some time this was
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the question that I had to settle for
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myself can I write a patriotic work and
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really differentiate between flag waving
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and cross bearing they can they can
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coexist but they are two different
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things you know flag waving is what we
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all of course we want to be flag wavers
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we have lot to celebrate here but cross
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bearing walking the way of the Cross
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that’s a whole another issue and I don’t
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like those to be confused with each
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other but what finally settled it for me
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is I can have some control over that by
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the way that we write and do we have a
3:30
right to celebrate it should be I think
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Christians I think Christians have more
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knowledge of how to celebrate than
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anybody else we have we have eternal
3:37
life ahead of us so there’s we know how
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to do that and it’s important that we uh
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be good citizens be good Patriots and
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and celebrate that at the same time
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saying remember too that that we’re
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sojourners here you know that we’re
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we’re going the way of the Cross and the
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way of the Cross it’s never been about
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convenience it has always been about
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sacrifice so six years after that we did
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did our first one and it was very
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successful just just really as you
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remember you know we had so many good
4:05
comments and did the second one by the
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time I started on the third one we were
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just about to go into record the third
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one and it was it was 911 uh six years
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later there we were and 911
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changed everything
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yeah you know I think that there are
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seminal moments in people’s lives
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individually and um in the lives of a
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nation and 911 certainly is one of those
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uh events that people always remember oh
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yeah just where they were when that
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happened what was your
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experience yeah yes I had a pretty
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interesting experience on the night
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before on the 10th uh we were in Tampa
4:53
recording God forest with Integrity
4:55
music wow and uh so our whole family was
4:58
down there and we went back to Sarasota
5:01
uh where we were staying and the next
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day the 10th we um decided that we would
5:08
go to the airport a little bit early
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because if you remember President Bush
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was in Sarasota for the week so we
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wanted to get to the airport and see Air
5:16
Force One and I was kind of wondering we
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be able to see it well you know be there
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ah Air Force One loomed over the top of
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the airport it was huge and so we walked
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right up to a fence maybe 50 yards from
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the plane took out our luggage and
5:29
started taking pictures and there was a
5:30
guard that came by and everything was
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fine you know and and uh in fact months
5:36
later I was at a place where there was a
5:38
secret service agent former one and I
5:40
was telling him this story and he said
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never again in your lifetime nobody will
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ever get that close to that plane again
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the evening of the 10th we flew home got
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home about 1:00 in the morning and I got
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to my house I live 60 miles from the
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airport and I had the wrong
5:55
luggage and so I had to go back I called
5:58
them and I went back to to the airport
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the next morning so it’s 9:00 on the on
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911 and I’m in the airport in
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Indianapolis and I see people running
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around they were putting uh covers over
6:09
the top of the parking meters uh there
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was just a lot of activity and I just
6:14
exchanged the luggage and got in my car
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to come back to gther Studios and my
6:18
wife called me said you need to turn
6:20
your radio on and that’s when I first
6:23
heard about that and of course you it’s
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hard to imagine the unthinkable you know
6:27
there’s just nothing to prepare yourself
6:29
for that
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but the interesting thing of that day
6:31
was I was heading up to gaither’s uh
6:33
quick because they we were getting ready
6:34
to record songs of peace and Times of
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Crisis that’s what we recorded that day
6:39
and I walked in the studio just as the
6:41
second tower fell and we just all stood
6:43
around and held hands and prayed and
6:45
went back in that studio and sang songs
6:47
of Peace in times of Crisis that was my
6:49
experience wow how appropriate was that
6:53
no coincidences with God no no and so
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the patriotics uh a lot changed with
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that even though uh I didn’t I didn’t
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really try to to overemphasize that in
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the work what I wanted to do is is to
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again bring hope you know what we have
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is hope but so much changed I mean you
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know we’ve we’ve flown to workshops and
7:16
things air travel has changed you know
7:20
our feeling of the nation’s feeling of
7:22
security has changed you know for for
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two centuries we have an ocean on either
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side of us yeah and it’s a buffer it
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it’s a safety well that didn’t happen
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that’s that’s gone now and I think
7:32
across the world there feeling of
7:34
insecurity of you know what is going to
7:36
be the next thing to happened because
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what happened in America that happened
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in New York City you know that happened
7:42
in Pennsylvania that happened at the
7:44
Pentagon all in the same morning that
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really shook That Shook this nation to
7:48
the core but the good thing that came
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out of that is this new wave of
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patriotism and I think the the obvious
7:56
lesson there is people are drawn more
7:58
together drawn together more by by
8:00
weakness rather than strength by Mutual
8:02
weakness Mutual need and that’s what
8:04
America was facing right then tell me
8:07
about your latest patriotic work and are
8:10
there any plans uh for a new one after
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that well the new one the one that we
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just finished the for this year it’s
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called Homeland and it I had a 5year
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break between the last patriotic and
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this one uh primarily because I didn’t
8:24
want to write one unless I had something
8:26
to say you know I I I think sometimes we
8:29
we just need to step back a little bit
8:30
and and have a purpose you got to have
8:33
that so what moment why why are we doing
8:36
this one and so that so we’re going to
8:37
do this so what so that we have
8:40
something to to really celebrate and say
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so I went through that whole exercise
8:44
and decided to to write a work called
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Homeland and what it did is Homeland
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celebrated um the fact that we share
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this piece of property on this planet I
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actually got the inspiration from John
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uh Kennedy’s speech at American americ
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University in June of
9:01
1963 where he said in this speech that
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I’m paraphrasing here but what he said
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was that we all share this planet we all
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breathe the same air we all have dreams
9:11
for our children and we’re all Mortal
9:14
well as a starting point you know what
9:16
we’re the human race here and we share
9:19
in America this piece of property and
9:21
there’s a link there with us and because
9:23
of America’s unique place in the world
9:25
of being a Melting Pot of so many
9:27
different cultures so many different
9:28
back grounds that I thought that’s
9:31
something that we could celebrate
9:32
because frankly right now um I think we
9:36
would be more fair to say instead of a
9:38
Melting Pot America is becoming a
9:40
boiling cauldron you know we we we
9:42
aren’t celebrating the uniqueness of our
9:44
own background and of course the the the
9:48
uniqueness of of of being Americans of
9:50
being fellow citizens and then you add
9:52
to that the layer that we feel of being
9:55
responsible uh as spiritual leaders you
9:58
as as Christians and where do we fit
10:00
into all this uh so I had plenty I had
10:03
plenty to work with and I’m just just
10:06
delighted with with Homeland and of
10:08
course we did it with a DVD uh that was
10:10
our first patriotic musical with the DVD
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and Powerful you know the Patriotic
10:15
really lends itself to that but we had
10:16
some great moments we even put Le on me
10:18
in there uh so uh I’m I’m really pleased
10:22
with Homeland and so I’m going to let
10:23
that I’m going to let that stay in the
10:25
marketplace for a little while longer um
10:28
and yeah there’ll be next one I’m not
10:30
quite sure when but if I do the next one
10:32
in the next few years and I kind of
10:34
think from what I’m thinking uh it’ll
10:36
probably be working title would be
10:37
Heartland you know now that we’ve
10:39
discussed the property and everything
10:40
let’s talk about the the heart of
10:43
America what is unique about this
10:45
country and I think in in the annals of
10:48
History America has a real interesting
10:51
story to tell you know about the heart
10:53
of this nation and that’s what I think I
10:56
want to do but until I do the new one we
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uh have started a patriotic page uh on
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our website if you go to our website
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prais gathering. comom uh when you when
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the screen opens you see this little uh
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movie this flag coming up and it can
11:10
take you right to the page of all of our
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patriotic works so all seven works all
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the octavos uh salute to the Armed
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Forces uh a lot of those things that
11:19
that uh we really want people to have a
11:21
chance to see thank you Randy for your
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time and and for sharing your stories
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with us um thank you for joining us us
11:29
uh we look forward to having you again
11:31
on backstory next time we will have uh
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Jay Rouse and jod Hall with us uh to
11:38
talk about our new missions Musical that
11:41
we are very excited about it’s new
11:43
territory for us rose that was a we’ve
11:45
never done a missions Musical and so uh
11:48
we’re going to have the four of us in
11:50
here and we’ll have a good chat about
11:51
that and look forward to it so thank you
11:55
again too everybody for joining us and
11:56
thank you Rose for hosting us today

Randy Vader

Randy Vader

Randy Vader stands as a stalwart figure in the realm of Christian music, boasting a brilliant and distinguished career that spans an impressive four decades. His multifaceted talent as a best-selling composer, lyricist, and Dove Award-winning producer has left an indelible mark on the industry.

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Rose Aspinall

Rose Aspinall

Rose Aspinall has been an integral part of the PraiseGathering Music Group staff for three decades. She spent more than twenty of those years providing direction for the print-on-demand division of the company’s orchestration services. In later years, she moved over to the creative side of the business where she served as co-writer, lyricist, and associate producer for all original publications.

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