Glazov: Can you talk a bit about I Carry You With Me?
Aston: I lost someone special to me, and wrote about it. My mom wrote a letter about this person that was read at their eulogy. It contained some of the lines about what kind of person she was and how she touched the people around her. I was talking with my producer about it and together we came up with the song.
Regarding the video, my husband Keith is a disabled veteran. He is also an aspiring actor, screenwriter and recently received his Master’s in Business in Entertainment and founded The Erimac Group; a creative consulting and production services company. I am fortunate to have him to help me with everything. He creates my website, branding and videos; other than the music he does it all. Since he is a veteran, and my mom works as a National Service Officer at the Purple Heart Service Foundation helping veterans, we are both very passionate about the military.
The men and women who make up our military give so much, ask for so little and do not receive the respect they so deserve and have earned. Since they more so than anyone have to deal with grief and loss – my husband came up with the concept to dedicate the video to them. He filmed and edited the video, and since he is a veteran, he also played the soldier.
I am honored that the song has been well received. It has been featured in several independent films and done well in multiple songwriting contests. It even took grand prize in a songwriting contest that had over 5,000 entries from across the globe, so it is very humbling. When I write a song, it is a little piece of me, and to know that it touches other people, can help them deal with hard feelings, it is a very touching thing as an artist.
Glazov: Your thoughts on the Obama administration?
Aston: It frightens me. I feel this administration believes what they are doing is good for America. However these beliefs are very different than mine.
I believe in American Exceptionalism. I believe we were all endowed by our Creator with talents and abilities unique to each of us, that we are free to think or be anything we desire and that we have that gift here in America like nowhere else on earth. I believe that hard work is rewarded and if you want something badly enough that you should work hard for it and go after it with everything you have inside of you. America is a place where dreams of all kinds can come true, unlike other countries in the world. America is a country that good men and women fought for and gave their lives for.
I believe that if we do not remain true to the Founding Fathers and to the Constitution then we will lose our Republic. I also believe in virtue, unlike those who feel it is ok to do whatever you want as long as it is not hurting someone else. Unfortunately that is not the case, for in every aspect of human life, if there is no virtue the people perish. This has been proven time and time again in history. I also believe in charity, but I do not believe it is the government’s role to order me to engage in it or to have a bazillion federal programs and red tape in order to do so.
I believe the Obama administration has a very different idea about what America is than I do and are trying to change it. This does not make them “bad” people nor does it make me a bad person because what they are doing scares me. It simply means we do not share the same beliefs. This country was founded on Judeo-Christian values, and a set of guidelines and standards that has worked for centuries. When politicians on either side mess with that, it is not good for America.
Glazov: Ava Aston, thanks for taking the time to talk. Best of luck for you in your music career.
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