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Where Were You When The World Stopped...
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A Journey of Song and DanceSPECIAL SONGWith this being the 5th and Final Round, with the holidays fast approaching, I needed a really special song and dance to finish our journey on and I think that this is it. Taken from the 1970 film Scrooge, here is ‘Thank You Very Much’, a very special song and performance full of fun and laughter, which brings back Mr. Scrooge to being human once again after spending his adult life being unkind to people. A very nice message to take things forward for everybody, no matter what religion or belief we have.It also allows me to say ‘THANK YOU VERY MUCH’to you good musical friends over the years, who have put light into my life and I cannot help feeling this could well bring just that for you.NOW WE WANT YOU TO SEND IN SONG WHICH YOU CONSIDER TO BE VERY SPECIAL AND TELL US WHY.ALL ENTRIES TO BE RECEIVED BY THURSDAY 13th DECEMBER 22.00BST AND PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.
For the last leg of our journey I have decided to go back in time. September 11, 2001. A day that has been etched into every mind and heart of the whole world. This song asks the hard questions, What were you doing, where did you go, what feelings did you have. I was at work when it was announced. The boss called and told us to shut the place up and go home. I sat at home glued to the TV set just like millions of other people around the world trying to figure out WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED. For days most of us were in a kind of fog. Not sure what might happen in the future. The world came together on that day and the following days to show what we as a people can do and what can be done if we stand together.
Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American country singer and songwriter. He is known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own songs. Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, two gospel albums and several compilations.
Jackson has sold over 80 million records, with 66 titles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Of the 66 titles, and six featured singles, 38 have reached the top five and 35 have claimed the number one spot. Out of 15 titles to reach the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, nine have been certified multi-platinum. He is the recipient of two Grammy Awards, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and nominee of multiple other awards. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 by Loretta Lynn and into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.
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"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" is a song written by the American singer-songwriter Alan Jackson. It was the lead single from his tenth studio album, Drive (2002), released on Arista Nashville. The song's lyrics center on reactions to the September 11 attacks in the United States, written in the form of questions. Jackson desired to write a song capturing the emotions surrounding the attacks, but found it difficult to do so.
He debuted the song publicly at the Country Music Association's annual awards show on November 7, 2001. It was released that month as a single and topped the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for five weeks; in addition, it reached number 28 on Billboard's all-genre Hot 100 chart. The song received largely positive reviews from critics, who appreciated its simple, largely apolitical stance. The song won multiple awards at the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards, including Song of the Year, and also earned Jackson his first Grammy Award for Best Country Song. The song is based on the September 11 attacks, a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on September 11, 2001. Jackson had finished walking outside and returned indoors to discover news of the attacks on television. He immediately wanted to write a song expressing his thoughts and emotions, but he found it hard to do so for many weeks. "I didn't want to write a patriotic song," Jackson said. "And I didn't want it to be vengeful, either. But I didn't want to forget about how I felt and how I knew other people felt that day."
Finally, on the Sunday morning of October 28, 2001, he woke up at 4 a.m. with the melody, opening lines, and chorus going through his mind. He hastily got out of bed, still in his underwear, and sang them into a hand-held digital recorder so he would not forget them. Later that morning, when his wife and children had gone to Sunday school, he sat down in his study and completed the lyrics.
Initially, he felt squeamish about recording it, much less releasing it, because he disliked the idea of capitalizing on a tragedy. But after he played it for his wife Denise and for his producer, Keith Stegall, and it met with their approval, Jackson went into the studio to record "Where Were You" that week. On Stegall's advice, Jackson played the finished track for a group of executives at his record label. "We just kind of looked at one another," RCA Label Group chairman Joe Galante said later. "Nobody spoke for a full minute."
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