Feel free to download a live version of "Thank You (Tribute to the American Soldier)", the piano/strings version of "Thank You (Tribute to the American Soldier)", and "The Story Behind Thank You".
Thank You: The Story Behind the Song
In Daniel's Own Words
I was going about my normal morning routine: grab a cup of coffee, read the paper and passively watch the television news. During an update of the Iraq war, a story came on that grabbed my attention. It was of a soldier who had been wounded while carrying out his duty and it struck a chord within me. Sure, like the rest of America, I had been following the war. But it was then that I fully realized something. We live in a country unlike any other in the world. We cherish liberty and are afforded to lie under a blanket of freedom. We embrace ideals that are guarded and protected by those that have worn and currently wear a military uniform. To quote a line from the movie "A Few Good Men', "they stand on a wall and say nothing's gonna hurt you tonight. Not on my watch".
We have patriotic songs that celebrate this fine country, such as "America the Beautiful", and "God Bless America". Songs that are ingrained into the psyche and fabric of this nation. However, they would be empty and meaningless if not for the pillars that support, protect, and defend our way of life. Those pillars being the fine people who have served and are serving in the United States' military. Whether they're Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard, Coast Guard...whatever branch, I felt compelled to acknowledge them in my own way and words. Being a songwriter, an idea or inspiration can hit at any time, without provocation or conscience forethought, and that's what happened with the birth of "Thank You".
It's simply a song that expresses sincere and heartfelt appreciation for those that have defended and continue to defend freedom. It's for soldiers that have stood a post, fought in a war, and gave their life in the service of duty and honor. It's for every soldier that I say, from the bottom of my heart...