frank emerson | Dear Sarah featuring The Flag of Our Fathers

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Dear Sarah featuring The Flag of Our Fathers

by frank emerson

This album waves Irish and American flags and one Australian one as well. It speaks to love and love of country with an appreciation of sacrifices made.
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Flag of Our Fathers
4:45 $0.99
2. Waltzing on Borrowed Time
4:34 $0.99
3. Shelter
3:31 $0.99
4. Dark Eyed Molly
3:23 $0.99
5. She's Gonna Marry Me
3:22 $0.99
6. Supermarket Wine
4:31 $0.99
7. The Piper's Refrain
4:41 $0.99
8. The Lark
2:55 $0.99
9. The Man in the Arena/Northwest Passage
4:33 $0.99
10. Ashokan Farewell/Sullivan Ballou Letter
4:06 $0.99
11. Wild Geese of the Irish Brigade
3:21 $0.99
12. Ragged Old Flag/Star Spangled Banner
4:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
The record was made with an abiding respect for Ireland and The United States and for those people who served those countries in all branches of the armed forces in defense of - or in the struggle to attain - liberty.

There is a natural Irish and American trait that compels one to keep striving - no matter what the odds. The man in the arena who never quits is the man worthwhile. There is no shame in falling down. The shame is in not getting up again.

This is not without a bittersweet note as evidenced in the letter of Sullivan Ballou to his wife during the American War Between the States. The notes inside the cover have been carefully researched and tell the ultimate fate of Sullivan Ballou.

The recording is simply teeming with patriotism for Ireland and particularly for the United States. It is Emerson's belief that World War II was the seminal event of the 20th Century. Those "ordinary men" who fought on the allied side did nothing less than save the world. Dire straits can produce great acts of sacrifice and selfless courage. The featured song, "The Flag of Our Fathers", which Emerson wrote, tries to illustrate that belief.

A short swing tune,"She's Gonna Marry Me" was written by an American soldier during the Battle of the Bulge. The back-up musicians on this one are members of the US Navy Commodores jazz band.

Another Emerson original, The Wild Geese of the Irish Brigade" tells of the lot in life for Irish warriors. They seem to have fought for freedom and won everywhere but in Ireland. Their contribution to the American Revolution, fighting at first under the Franch flag, is told of through this song.

The record should make you feel a little sad at times,when it speaks to love that endures. But it should make you feel very proud at other times. It is an appreciation of the ideals of life, love, tradition, freedom and human determination.



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Dai Woosnam

Very, very, good
The cuts that stand out are The Flag of Our Fathers - a self-penned song that has really scored a hit with American Veterans - and The Sullivan Ballou Letter, as affecting a piece of prose as one will hear in a long while.
But the masterpiece is his inspired juxtaposition of Johnny Cash's The Ragged Old Flag with his own emotional singing of The Star Spangled Banner. He carried it off beautifully. And his fine diction brought the words of the Anthem home to me in a way they had never been brought home to me before.
Us Folkies are looking for SOUL. And Emerson has it in spades!

David Lockeretz

Long story short: Frank knows how to sing songs that matter.
They just don't make them like this anymore. It almost seems impossible that an artist like Frank Emerson could exist ina day and age such as this, when a show of emotion is seen as a sign of weakness and indifference and hipness are considered interchangeable, when record labels view unique artists as liabilities rather than assets. Frank Emerson knows the value of a good story and knows how to sing songs that matter.
If every album ever released could claim to only have so few flaws (as this one) the world just might be a better place. I have the feeling that Frank Emerson will do all he can to make it so.

Mary Mcginnis

This CD that pays homage to the warriors of days gone by and of present day's he
Dear Sarah is a CD that pays homage to all the warriors of days gone by and of present day's heroes. Frank's renditions of Irish and American tributes to the Armed Forces and their loved ones in the CD Dear Sarah are heartfelt and filled with emotion. He makes one feel that they are in the location in which these ballads occur. The CD runs the gambit of up beat to pensive.

Trent Crewe, Mayor, Wytheville, Va

This hit me profoundly
I've always liked Roosevelt's words about the combatant, but they sounded more powerful (here). Likewise, Sullivan Ballou's letter has always been moving but not like this version. The strong emotion comes through with a lovely accent to make The Ragged Old Flag and The Star Spangled Banner a whole new experience for the listener

John M.johnson, 1sgt, Usng (ret)

I am proud to have this CD
I listened to the CD before going to Richmond , and listened to it in the car as well. It's a very patriotic CD that's being hidden from the rest of the country. I am very proud to have this CD. It makes me love America all the better.

sarah valente

Grace Notes
Frank's warm, rich voice and thoughful selection of songs add up to a compelling musical experience. I found myself intellectually engaged, as well as entertained. As with Kenneth Branagh's interpretation of Henry V, you can read the message of this album as extremely partiotic or avidly pro-peace. I prefer to hear no extremes...just the lucious grace notes between duty, honor, love and sorrow. Thank you, Frank


this was my second copy, i played the first until it broke!
i love this and anything Frank does. Supermarket Wine is my favorite, but i love all of the songs.

Bob Slaughter, Sgt, 116th Inf., 29th Div. On D-day 1944

Wonderfully Patriotic
Wonderful patriotic music. A soothing Irish voice and outstanding musical arrangements. Every selection of the 12 songs were just great! Two of them, however, brought tears: "The Sullivan Ballou Letter" and "The Ragged Old Flag". "The Flag of Our Fathers" is powerful, so is "Waltzing on Borrowed Time" But, hell, all of them are!

Jerry Newberry, Director Of Communications, Veterans Of Foreign

Emotional evocative selection
The selection of music covers a wide range of topics but they all evoke emotions that are very familiar to those in military service.

Eamonn Macthomais - Irish Author

very moving. the passion comes through
The singing is by far one of the best voices I've heard in my 74 years. The pride and passion and the love of America "your home" come over like the voice of her proudest sons. The flag story makes it a number one hit with me
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