Not all that many years ago in grade school classrooms from Maine to
California, every day would start with a prayer, the Pledge of
Allegiance, then a patriotic song. Some mornings it was “The Star
Spangled Banner.” Other days it was “America The Beautiful.”
But that was then, and this is now — prayer has been effectively
outlawed; the pledge is optional and patriotic music is all but
I must confess that I hadn’t given much thought to the music from
America’s past until I received “American History,” the newest album
from Steve Vaus. (Vaus was an artist on RCA Records until his
contract was canceled because of the patriotic content of his songs.)
But since listening to his latest offering I haven’t stopped thinking
about the songs from our country’s past.
In short, this album is a “must have” for every American — every one
of you who still believes in the Declaration of Independence, the
Constitution and the other founding documents of this once-great
country. On it you will find 11 songs that chronicle American history
from the Revolutionary War to the present. But Steve Vaus manages to
breathe new life and insight into virtually every one of them.
The best example may the CD’s first song, “The Star Spangled Banner.”
We’ve all heard the big bombastic versions. It seems that every
artist’s approach to this piece is “bigger is better.” But one listen
to Vaus’ spare rendition of this classic and you’ll gladly forego big
bombast for breathtaking beauty.
Hearing this version, complete with birdcalls and the sound of
distant cannons, I couldn’t help but imagine Francis Scott Key as he
wrote the lyrics. Vaus put me “in the moment” as I had never been
The same is true of his version of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.”
We’ve all heard it innumerable times as a jaunty marching tune. Here
again Vaus delivers an old familiar song with an understated emotional
intensity I never would have imagined possible. All of a sudden I
realized — not every “Johnny” came marching home . . . some were
carried by comrades, some limped, some never came home at all.
There’s more. “Hard Times Come Again No More” is a Stephen Foster
Civil War song I had never heard before. Vaus’ haunting rendition (a
duet with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Juice Newton) is unforgettable.
So too are “Dixie,” “America The Beautiful,” “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee”
— every one of the songs on this release are treasures.
There is even a musical version of the Pledge of Allegiance Vaus
created for this album that is delivered with such passion and
conviction it can’t help but stir the soul.
But, rather than take my word for it, get this album for yourself,
for your children, for your friends. You will be glad you did.
“American History” is the latest album from Steve Vaus. His other
albums include “Never Had A Chance” (featuring “We Must Take America
Back”), “Voice of America,” “Don’t Tread On Me,” “I Still Believe” and
“First Christmas” (with Wayne Nelson of Little River Band). I have them
all. I love them. My wife loves them. My kids love them.
All can be ordered at stevevaus.com or by calling 800-HIT SONG.
But, better yet, you can come hear Steve Vaus perform many of these
songs live and in person at WorldNetDaily’s first conference in Los
Angeles this September.
He’ll provide the musical interludes in an unforgettable event featuring
investigative reporter and author Bill Gertz, Judicial Watch’s Larry
Klayman, WorldNetDaily columnist David Hackworth and, of course, even
me. It will be historic — much like Vaus’ new release.
Hear him live or listen to his CDs. Steve Vaus is a true cultural
hero. In an age when raunch is rewarded, isn’t it time to support
beauty, artistry and morality in our popular culture again?