Beauty in a man or a country is the outward glow of inward goodness. It is the goodness that is most worthy of love, but beauty calls attention to the loveworthy thing. Beauty awakens love, and since no man or country can live without love, and since I live in this country, I was thinking about what it is that makes America beautiful, what it is that makes America good. I was doing this in the freedom that seems at home in America and even in my native city of Los Angeles—even in L.A.—when these stories started to come.
It is our hope that these stories may in some small way move the better angels of our nature to touch the mystic chords of memory that strengthen our bonds of affection and make us friends. In our case, these mystic chords stretch not only from battlefields and patriot graves, but from back roads, school yards, and bar stools, city halls, summer afternoons, and old neighborhoods—from everywhere you find Americans being and becoming Americans.
Purchase of this album will help fund the creation of future American stories.
released July 4, 2015
EVEN IN L.A.
Stories and narration — Christopher Flannery
Music -- David Tucker
(except for "How Firm a Foundation" [trad.] in "Michael")
Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion — David Tucker
Guitar on Hallowed Ground — Craig Collord
Violin on Hallowed Ground — Rebecca Stone
Saxophone improvisation on America the Beautiful — Nathan Tucker
Violin improvisation on America the Beautiful — Rebecca Stone
Vocals on America the Beautiful — Sarah Tucker
Sound Effects courtesy of FreeSFX, www.freesfx.co.uk
Produced by David Tucker
Recorded at the Garaj Studio, Monterey, CA
Mastered by Nate Stoll at Soundscape City
Web Consultant — Ben Kunkel
Research, inspiration, and operations — Sara Whitis