A “Make Amer­ica Great Again” song is Trump-ap­proved

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Derek Hawkins

In the two years since Don­ald Trump an­nounced his bid for the White House, an un­told num­ber of songs have cropped up on YouTube and mu­sic stream­ing ser­vices that take their in­spi­ra­tion from his cam­paign slo­gan, “Make Amer­ica Great Again.”

Most are writ­ten by sup­port­ers, though there are par­o­dies in the mix, and they span gen­res from coun­try to hip-hop to dance.

But only one ap­pears to have got­ten an en­dorse­ment from the pres­i­dent him­self.

Twice in the past two weeks Trump has tweeted out a live ver­sion of “Make Amer­ica Great Again,” a hymn-like ode to the new pres­i­dent writ­ten by a Tex-

as min­is­ter and per­formed by a choir and orches­tra from the First Bap­tist Church of Dal­las, an evan­gel­i­cal megachurch.

On July 4, Trump com­mem­o­rated In­de­pen­dence Day by post­ing a video of the group per­form­ing the song at the Kennedy Cen­ter dur­ing a con­cert hon­or­ing vet­er­ans. Trump spoke at the July 1 event, which was spon­sored by First Bap­tist. “Your mu­sic hon­ors our heroes more than words will ever do,” he told the mu­si­cians.

Trump gave it an­other shout-out on Sun­day when he shared a photo slide show of his trip to the G20 Sum­mit in Ger­many with the song as the sound­track.

The com­po­si­tion was writ­ten by Gary Moore, a 73-year-old for­mer mu­sic min­is­ter at the megachurch, who told the New York Times that “Make Amer­ica Great Again” was as much a trib­ute to Trump as it was to free­dom of speech and re­li­gion in Amer­ica.

Mu­si­cally, it’s full of fa­mil­iar evan­gel­i­cal fare, with tri­umphant horns, singsong vo­cal melodies and hymn-like verses whose lyrics make no men­tion of God or gov­ern­ment but could cer­tainly be con­sid­ered de­vo­tional.

“Make Amer­ica great again, make Amer­ica great again, lift the torch of free­dom all across the land,” goes one verse. “Step into the fu­ture join­ing hand in hand, and make Amer­ica great again.”

An­other verse reads: Like the mighty ea­gle that is ris­ing on the wind Soar­ing t’ward our des­tiny Hearts and voices blend With a mighty melody oh let the song be­gin

And make Amer­ica great again

Make Amer­ica great again

The song has been listed with Church Copy­right Li­cens­ing In­ter­na­tional, a le­gal clear­ing­house for wor­ship songs used by some 60,000 churches world­wide.

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