9/11 Tenth Anniversary commemorated in updated Twin Towers (Song for America).
Likely the first response in art and song to the tragedy and horror ten years ago, the song Twin Towers (Song for America) was created within hours of the 9-11 attacks and the website www.songforamerica.com received about a half-million hits with tens of thousands downloading the free song. The piece also received TV news coverage, radio play and notes from Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator Hillary Clinton. CD distribution proceeds were donated to The Salvation Army.
Re-mixed and mastered at Eastco’s California Road Studios, the song now features new background vocals by veteran New York vocalists David Keith and Sherry Hackett, who’ve performed on and produced national jingles in the Big Apple for brands such as Burger King and Coca Cola. It also has some new guitar work by Vaughn, who has recorded several albums in the past and has recently been recording fresh material alongside Muscle Shoals guitar great Will MacFarlane (Bonnie Raitt, Etta James), GRAMMY nominated guitar legend Phil Keaggy and other music industry veterans.
“No we weren’t EMT’s or firefighters, but we could be first-responders in the arts, song and media. Music is a powerful and therapeutic force,” states Holt Vaughn, CEO of The Eastco Group of media companies, who also wrote and produced the 911 song, reflecting on the idea that the song is a kind of 911 memorial.
Vaughn’s PR team lived near the world trade center Ground Zero for several years. Together he and they recently visited the site. “It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by it all, and I think it’s important to commemorate. To my surprise, the amazing Freedom Tower is already over 70 floors above ground. An interesting thing about that: ten years ago, in the last refrain of the song we ad-libbed some vocals, singing ‘…for freedom’ until the song’s end. I thought of that when I found out the new building is Freedom Tower.”