Music has a real way of helping people heal. Nowhere was that more evident than after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.
Simple songs sung in the classroom as a kid, such as "God Bless America," were reprised with a renewed passion. Suddenly the lyrics made sense and the melodies tugged on our heart strings as we grieved for the thousands who died.
While monstrosities like Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" undeservedly made it back onto radio, Americans, it seemed, got a rare opportunity to rediscover important music that in a lot of ways took on new meaning.
It was nice to hear American masters like Willie Nelson and Ray Charles pumped over the airwaves with "America, the Beautiful," a song that done by either brings tears to the eyes.