OFFSTAGE: Songs I Was Loving When the World Stopped Turning

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When I picture myself on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, like everyone else, I know right where I was. Sitting on my family room floor, nursing my baby, half-reading a book to my toddler and half-watching the television in kind of a stunned silence. But just as vividly as I remember that tragic morning, I also remember the carefree days that preceded it. And I can’t help but think of all the great country music that made that summer and fall so perfect — until we all turned it off in favor of Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Before the terrorists were on my mind, here’s the music that was on my mind:

“I’m Tryin'” Trace Adkins “Angry All the Time” Tim McGraw “Six Pack Summer” Phil Vassar “Where I Come From” Alan Jackson
“When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues” Martina McBride “Only in America” Brooks & Dunn “I Wanna Talk About Me” Toby Keith “But for the Grace of God” Keith Urban “There You’ll Be” Faith Hill “I Would’ve Loved You Anyway” Trisha Yearwood