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Hatch’s song is riding new wave of popularity

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The song made its national debut four years ago on the Home Shopping Network. But this week Sen. Orrin Hatch's "Heal Our Land" has been riding a new wave of popularity, and now the senator is composing a new song, "Americans United," dedicated to last week's events.

Hatch started his latest work on Monday, scrawling the lyrics on a yellow legal pad, according to his spokesman, Chris Rosche.

Earlier this week, "Heal Our Land" (words by Orrin Hatch, music by Janice Kapp Perry) was featured on Oprah Winfrey's "Oprah" television show, along with a montage of footage depicting the devastation in New York and Washington along with pictures of flags and images of healing. The senator's songs are just some of the patriotic CDs that are suddenly popular this week in the aftermath of last week's terrorist attack on public buildings. "Ninety-five percent of our (patriotic CDs) are sold out," says Joey Torres of the music department at Media Play in Brickyard Plaza. He has tried to order more CDs from the store's distributor, "but they're out too," he says.

At Wherehouse Music in Sugar House, Lee Greenwood and anything by John Philip Sousa are selling out, says Christ Stevenson, assistant manager. And at Deseret Book the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's "Good Bless America" CD this week is the No. 10 seller in all the chain's 35 stores. This week, Arista Records re-released Whitney Houston's version of "The Star Spangled Banner," a favorite during the Gulf War a decade ago.

Hatch's "Heal Our Land" was released four years ago, then released again in the summer of 2000 in a CD of the same name. Its popularity has grown in the past week, says John Perry. "Last week we got a lot of calls from people who wanted us to fax (the words) so they could sing it in church."