FOLKS: All my life I've felt privileged to have had good friends around me, privileged to have been able to do the kind of work I know and love the best, and to have been born in a country whose immense beauty and grandeur are matched only by the greatness of her people.
For a number of years I have tried to express a deep and profound love for these things; to be able to say what I feel in my heart. And, now, in this album, I've had the chance to do so. I know most of you feel the same as I do about our country.
Now and then we gripe about some of her imperfections, but sometimes that's good. Especially if it gets us working together to make things better.
It seems to me we often take too much for granted, and have a tendency to forget The Good Things About America.
My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for. May we nurture her strengths, and strengthen her weaknesses so she will be, that she will always be,
Land Of The Free, and Home Of The Brave.
You ask me why I love her?