What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach? (recording footage)

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This piece is available for purchase in high fidelity on the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers’ album “Go Song of Mine”:

Melissa Dunphy’s new composition “What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?” was selected as the winning work for the 2010 Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Composition Competition. The Philadelphia-based composer’s choral work sets excerpts of public testimony given by a WWII veteran before the Maine Senate in a hearing to discuss the Marriage Equality Bill.

“What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?” was performed on May 29, 2010, at Grace and Holy Trinity in Kansas City, MO and First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, KS. This video is taken from initial footage of the recording session on May 30, 2010, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Kansas City, KS.

The piece was selected from a pool of over 100 submissions, from over 70 composers, hailing from 10 different countries. In choosing the work from a narrowed-down, committee-selected pool of nine finalists, music director and conductor Simon Carrington gave his reasoning behind selecting Dunphy’s work as the winner. “There were plenty of excellent pieces in the sweet-sounding modern idiom which SCCS would make very beautiful, but the strongest (and most individual) piece was Melissa Dunphy’s What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach? — a bold and highly effective setting of a thought-provoking text.”


Good morning, committee. My name is Phillip Spooner and I live at 5 Graham Street in Biddeford. I am 86 years old and a lifetime Republican and an active VFW chaplain … I was born on a potato farm north of Caribou and Perham, where I was raised to believe that all men are created equal, and I’ve never forgotten that.

I served in the U.S. Army, 1942-1945 … I worked with every outfit over there, including Patton’s Third Army. I saw action in all five major battles in Europe… I was in the liberation of Paris.

(I have seen much, so much blood and guts, so much suffering, much sacrifice.)

I am here today because of a conversation I had last June when I was voting. A woman … asked me, “Do you believe in equality for gay and lesbian people?” I was pretty surprised to be asked a question like that. It made no sense to me. Finally I asked her, “What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?”

For freedom and equality. These are the values that make America a great nation, one worth dying for.

My wife and I did not raise four sons with the idea that our gay son would be left out. We raised them all to be hard-working, proud, and loyal Americans and they all did good.

A YouTube clip of Spooner’s testimony can be found at

Rising Star Voices of Praise singing Come Thou Almighty King

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Tucson, AZ
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Rev. Ronnie Smart – Singing “Crossroads of Life” with George girls Jonesboro, AR

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Rev. Ronnie Smart – Singing “Crossroads of Life”. Recorded in the early 1980’s with Angela (Angie) and LaNelda George from Jonesboro, Arkansas. We do not own these songs. Used with permisson. These have been enhanced for your listening enjoyment.

Church of Christ National Lec. Saturday Acappella Concert Part 3

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Church of Christ National Lectureship Saturday night Acappella Concert Part 3. This concert features Mountain View Chorus, Dallas, TX, ASAP Durham, NC, Committed Acappella Chorus, Rogersville, AL and Terri Mays Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“Christ Returneth” from “In Search of the Lords Way”

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“Christ Retuneth”. Words: H.L. Turner, 1878. Music: James Mcgrnahan, 1878. Sung by the Edmond church of Christ in Edmond, Oklahoma for the TV program “In Search of the Lord’s Way.”

Rev. Dr. Arthur Memorable Concert Tribute (Part 9) George Boutte Singing YOU BROUGHT ME

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George Boutte of Port Arthur Texas Lead Singing YOU BROUGHT ME (Originally Written/Arranged by the Gospel Imperials) Sunday, August 23, 2015 5:30p at the Greater Macedonia Baptist Church of Port Arthur Texas during the Memorable Concert Tribute honoring the Late, Great, Rev. Dr. Arthur Trainer

Bishop William A. Thomas – St. Matthew’s G.T.A.F. Church

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Apostolic Pastor, Bishop William A. Thomas Sr. speaking on “Speaking in Tongues.
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Until Then – FBC Jacksonville, FL

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Charles Billingsley sings with the choir & orchestra of the First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL

Until Then (Lyrics)
My heart can sing when I pause to remember
A heartache here is but a stepping stone
Along the trail that’s winding always upward
This troubled world is not my final home

But until then my heart will go on singing
Until then with joy I’ll carry on
Until the day my eyes behold that city
Until the day God calls me home

The things of earth will dim and lose their value
If we recall they’re borrowed for a while
And things of earth that cause this heart to tremble
Remembered there will only bring a smile

But until then my heart will go on singing
Until then with joy I’ll carry on
Until the day my eyes behold that city
Until the day God calls me home

What A Day That Will Be (Lyrics)
What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.