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Local man’s video strikes a chord in time for important anniversary

September 3, 2011
By Cindy Votruba ( , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - The album in which Gary Steven Nelson's song "Born in America" is on hasn't been released yet, but the song is generating a buzz online.

Earlier this summer, Nelson of Marshall made a video for "Born in America," which he placed online, including on YouTube. He said the song, which is the title track for his album, "The Dreamer's Brigade," has become timely in a way. Sunday, Sept. 11 marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Nelson got the video done and ready in July.

"I had a great instinct, now it's time to get it out," Nelson said. "The object is to get it recognized obviously with a strong song and the visuals. It's very timely."

"Revolution," a movie starring Al Pacino, was actually the inspiration for "Born in America," Nelson said.

"I wrote the song within 30 minutes," he said. "Everything came together quickly."

And it only took about a day to put together the video, he said. Nelson used images of Ellis Island, fireworks over Mount Rushmore, flags, soldiers, the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell and other related items for it.

"It's little snippets of everyday Americana, from its inception to our time," Nelson said. "And what it was like to be in a kinder, gentler America."

One of the images Nelson uses in the video is a photo of a Marine's white-gloved hands giving a flag to another. It means the death of a Marine, he said.

"That gets me every time," he said.

Since his video has been online, Nelson said he's received a lot of good feedback about the song.

"It makes them feel good about being an American," Nelson said. "It says so much in so little time. It's a piece of the American fabric."

It may be too soon to gauge the video's impact, but Nelson is sure it will do well.

"This will definitely find its audience," Nelson said. "You never know how this is going to play out."



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