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2015 GOLD AWARD Folk-Rock/Americana/Roots Rock Category 32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest by Songwriters Association of Washington. (Still photos in video intentionally posterized for effect.)

Despite the tough times, I know America still has greatness within her... When I visited Washington D.C. a few years ago for the first time in decades, I was inspired by the power of the moving words on our nation’s most important buildings, monuments and war memorials––words about democracy, justice, freedom, independence and equality. I couldn’t help but feel we all need to remind ourselves of the profound meaning of those words, of who we say we are, and re-dedicate ourselves to those cherished ideals. This song embodies my deepest hopes for all that America can be. The photos are mostly mine, running from the 1960s up to the present day.

Blues song written by Fred McDowell and Reverend Gary Davis, Performed by David S. Goldman,

Original release by Jackie Wilson, R&B, 1957 Written by Berry Gordy Jr. & Tyran Carlo.
Performed by David S. Goldman

DAVID'S "A SOLDIER'S RETURN" PLACED IN THE CLOSING CREDITS OF THIS AWARD-WINNING 2011 SHORT ENGLISH FILM "END OF THE TOUR" ABOUT A VETERAN'S TUMULTUOUS RETURN FROM IRAQ. The film made its debut at Cannes and won "Best Film" honors in the People's Choice Awards, and Best Performance at the third International Hitters Festival and was also nominated for the best screenplay. Song starts at 12:43. Written And Directed by Richard D. Kinsella, Scar Tissue Films.