Humbly honored that my adopted hometown of over 10 years, Highland Park, has declared my song STAND IN UNITY, which they originally asked me to write for a celebration of unity... the official song of the borough of Highland Park.
The idea for a Unity Celebration was developed in 2015. Following the devastating church shooting in Charleston, SC, Highland Park held a vigil in support of the victims. The high school football field was packed with residents of all ethnicities and religions, highlighting our residents’ support for each other. Building upon the positive energy from that vigil, the Mayor strived to continue and reinforce this unity with an annual event which was first held Sunday March 26 2017.
It was my distinct pleasure & honor to be asked, and to write something that spoke of one of the many things we have here in Highland Park….an all-encompassing community that never frowns upon the expression of its people.
Thank you to Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler and all the council members like Matthew B. Hersh and communications coordinator, Stacy Kaplan.
You'll here my 12-year-old daughter, Layla, as the only other vocal on the track. :-)
That's how we do it here in HP!
words & music by ray andersen produced & performed by ray andersen backing vocals by layla m-y recorded at laughing baby studio highland park nj