Various Artists

Homeland: A Tribute to the Spirit of America

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Michael Fagien founded Jazziz magazine while in medical school and thus pioneered the now ubiquitous combination of a CD and periodical. Culling selections from his personal library and using that distribution network as a springboard, Fagien produced this CD, subtitled A Tribute to the Spirit of America, as a reaction to the September 11, 2001, attacks. As Fagien observes, "music heals." This disc also raises money for the American Red Cross. Pat Metheny opens the disc with "A Map of the World" exploring the physical U.S. landscape. Through the disc, "Kindness of Strangers" (Leni Stern), "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" as performed by Cyrus Chestnut, and the Appalachian vocals of the Wayfaring Strangers, and more explore the American landscape on many levels.