"Let's roll" were among the last words spoken by Todd Beamer, who joined a group of passengers that confronted the hijackers of United Flight 93 on Sept. 11. The same words serve as the title of an ec
"Let's roll" were among the last words spoken by Todd Beamer, who joined a group of passengers that confronted the hijackers of United Flight 93 on Sept. 11. The same words serve as the title of an eclectic inspirational compilation that pays tribute to Beamer and all of the heroes of the day the U.S. was targeted by terrorists.
"Let's Roll: Together in Unity, Faith and Hope " is due Tuesday (Sept. 10) from TMB Records, created specifically to release the compilation, and will be distributed through Chordant Distribution and EMD. The set features tracks by Lila McCann, dcTalk, Wynonna, Chaka Khan, Yo-Yo Ma, and Steven Curtis Chapman, as well as the participation of congressmen J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) and Tom DeLay (R-Texas), among others.
The 18-track "Let's Roll" includes 14 songs written or co-written by Beamer family friend Tony McAnany (P.O.D., Kathy Troccoli), who also produced the album. "As we talked to all of the significant record labels," McAnany explained in a statement, "it was apparent that in order to have the album released with the utmost integrity and most benefits financially to the foundation, we were going to have to do it on our own, so we created a company specifically for 'Let's Roll.' It winds up being a better view of how we, as individuals, all stick together."
All profits from the collection will benefit the Todd M. Beamer Foundation, established by Beamer's wife Lisa "to extend Todd Beamer's legacy of character, faith and courage."
Among the tracks on the set are dcTalk's "Let's Roll" (a new song by McAnny and the band, not to be confused with Neil Young's recent tune of the same name), McCann's "Who Else Could It Be?," Wynonna's "Carry On," Jeremy Lubbock's "Lullaby" featuring Khan, and Shane Minor's "Don't Ask Why." Ames, Iowa-based Christian rock act 38th Parallel, whose bassist Jeff Barton is a cousin to a Flight 93 pilot, contributes the track "Horizon."
Watts and DeLay are among the voices on a special arrangement of "The Lord's Prayer." The rest of the chorus is made up of Todd Beamer's friends and many of the artists on the compilation, all of whom received a personal note from Lisa Beamer inviting them to participate.
"The 'Let's Roll' CD is a coming together of many people and talents with one goal in mind - to help the children affected by the events of September 11," Todd M. Beamer Foundation executive director Douglass MacMillan said in the statement. "This CD is a lasting tribute to Todd and all of the American heroes of September 11."
Here is the "Let's Roll" track listing:
"Let's Roll," dcTalk
"Horizon," 38th Parallel
"I Believe," James Curlin
"Who Else Could It Be?" Lila McCann
"Light of the World," Jennifer Knapp
"Interlude" Nick Moroch & Don Potter
"Carry On," Wynonna
"I See You In His Eyes," Nicole C. Mullen
"Don't Ask Why," Shane Minor
"With New Eyes," Joy Williams, James Curlin, & Jody McBrayer
"We'll Praise Your Name," James Curlin, Jody McBrayer, & Selah
"Lullaby," Jeremy Lubbock with Chaka Kha
"How Great Thou Art," Pam Kenyon Snider
"Our Father," L.A. Session Choir
"Daily Bread," Phil Keaggy
"The Lord's Prayer"/"To You Be the Glory," various
"In His Arms," Yo-Yo Ma