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Conservative songwriter John Schwarzman operates a small marketing and advertising business with a partner in the Washington, D.C. area. The beating his company has taken in the last two years has had Schwarzman "very concerned about the future" and even more concerned about the direction the country is headed under its current leadership.We'll give Schwarzman credit for taking the high ground, as opposed to many recent efforts. Throw in a bonus verse about the tyranny of paint swatches and light fixtures, and we think we have a rousing grand finale for Reston: The Opera.
Schwarzman, a Reston, Va. resident, decided to write a song about it. His new single, "I'm an American," has become somewhat of an underground hit among political conservatives since its release in late August and its debut on YouTube three weeks ago. Although it speaks in-depth to the worries Schwarzman describes, he said he was careful to keep pointed political attacks out of it.
"It would have been easy to take cheap shots at particular people -- like Obama, Reid or Pelosi," Schwarzman said. "But I stayed away from that on purpose because this song represents a bigger message."
That message, Schwarzman said, is meant for America's political leaders and is being sent on behalf of the American people.
"America is a magnificent country, but it is under assault. I have two young grandchildren and want them to have the same opportunities that I have enjoyed," he said. "They won't if they are crushed under a mountain of debt and suffer a loss of the very liberties that have made such opportunities even possible."
Before long, Schwarzman found himself looking for some local musicians to help him record the song.
The song, "I'm an American," features Todd Googins as lead vocalist, the Knight Brothers as backup vocalists, Dan Leonard on guitar, Scott Ambush on bass and Mike Aubin on drums.
Update: Reston's answer to Francis Scott Key penned a fitting final verse in the comments. We defy you to resist singing it out loud.