Randy Owen, ‘In Honor of (Those Serving Us)’ – Song Review
Alabama frontman Randy Owen brings us a new tune, 'In Honor of (Those Serving Us)' -- a tribute to the good men and women of law enforcement and fire departments, following a monumental weekend in American history that has been 10 years coming.
The launch of the song kicks off with real sound clips from Sept. 11, 2001, in which you hear dispatchers referring to a second plane hitting the World Trade Center and establishing an immediate need for rescue fire fighters in and around New York City. Not only does this bring back haunting memories of a day we'll never forget, it sets the tone for the rest of the song -- which is meant to help us remember those who risked themselves to save others on that horrific day.
In the chorus, Owen outlines his reasons behind deciding to record the song: "Big city / Country town / They're somewhere doing their jobs right now / Somebody needs help / Can't you hear that sound / Pull it on over, let 'em go around / In a hurry, ain't much time / Out there laying their lives on the line / So I dedicate this song in honor of / Those serving us."
We admire Owen's effort, but while we respect America's unsung heroes beyond words, the song itself is a little anti-climatic, given the subject matter. In short, we'd be more inclined to shed a tear and stand up and sing if Owen himself showed us a little more emotion in his vocals.
It's important to note that proceeds from the download of 'In Honor of (Those Serving Us)' will benefit local fire fighters and law enforcement officers injured or killed in the line of duty. Truly, we can't think of a better cause, and Owen deserves a hats off for his dedication to bringing awareness to the people who risk their lives to keep us safe.
Listen to Randy Owen, 'In Honor of (Those Serving Us)'