Is America Still Beautiful?

Hey Gang,

Last week was a whirlwind of tension in America.   With each passing week it seems there is growing frustration with racial, social, religious, and moral issues.   Whether it’s a terrorist attack abroad, a racially motivated murder, or the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, America is being torn at the seam.

I woke up this past Saturday and felt inspired to record this simple arrangement of “America the Beautiful” and made this accompanying video.   My hope is that you would listen and share this with your family and friends and that it would bring inspiration and hope to you.

Below is the video, as shared on Facebook.  Please consider sharing this and spreading the message of hope that America is still beautiful.  God bless America.

(note:  if the video does not load you can also view it on YouTube or listen to the audio only version on SoundCloud)


America the Beautiful (Fred McKinnon, Solo PIano)Recorded Saturday morning, June 27, 2015, one week prior to Independence Day, 2015. At a time when the United States of America wrestles in social, racial, moral, and religious conflict, my heart grieves yet is inclined to play this simple prayer: “America, America, God shed His grace on Thee”.America the Beautiful, Public Domain, this arrangement and performance, ©2015, Highest Praise Productions, Inc.All images used courtesy of Creative Commons License

Posted by Fred McKinnon, Pianist/Composer on Saturday, June 27, 2015

About the Author
Fred McKinnon, Worship Artist, Pianist, Producer. Husband to Joy, Father of Jon Michael, Will, Rebekah, and Andrew. Lives on St. Simons Island, GA.

2 comments on Is America Still Beautiful?

  1. Anne Johnson says:

    Beautifully moving, Fred.
    Miss Anne

    1. fmckinnon says:

      Thank you so much!

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