You don’t have to be a natural born American to understand the sacrifices that members of the United States military make to protect and serve their country. Books are written about it, movies are filmed, and songs are written. Really great songs at that.
Keith Urban was one of several country singers and songwriters invited to a very early preview of the 2012 movie “Act of Valor,” which was inspired by a group of Navy Seals who had endured extreme danger to rescue a CIA operative. After watching the compelling story unfold on the screen, Keith and co-writer Monty Powell were inspired to collaborate on a song for the film. The results were his 2012 Top 10 hit, “For You.”
Keith and Monty retold the story of the film beautifully, utilizing creative imagery to paint a melodic visual. But as beautiful as the song’s lyrics, melody and arrangement are, they also tell a chilling story of the real life sacrifices those Navy Seals made and what all American soldiers make when they leave U.S. soil. As contemporary as the song and it’s production are, it still rings loud and proud of an American anthem.
If you’ve never seen the movie, you should. It is heartbreaking but simultaneously inspiring and hopeful, and it accurately depicts the obstacles, danger and fears our brave soldiers face and the coping mechanisms they utilize in an effort to maintain their emotional health. Much of that accuracy is born from the fact that actual Navy Seals played the roles, not Hollywood actors.
And to think that Keith was actually born in New Zealand, not America.