August 1, 2021
Host Dale Throneberry interviews Jason Moon, founder of Warrior Songs, a non-profit, fully volunteer music production organization to tell the stories of military veterans.
You will hear a few of the songs from the album “The Last Thing We Ever Do”:
- Disquieted Mind
- Look Out Sam
- Seeds of Peace
- Welcome to the World
"The Last Thing We Ever Do"
Warrior Songs Releases “The Last Thing We Ever Do”
“The Last Thing We Ever Do” CD was produced by Warrior Songs, a Wisconsin non-profit helping veterans heal from the trauma of war through the creative arts.
The album features 14 songs created by professional songwriters from the firsthand testimonials of Vietnam era veterans, brought to life by professional studio musicians. Copies of the CDs are made available to veterans and veteran non-profits free of charge.
The songs on the album cover topics including the military draft, combat, survivor guilt, coping with returning to civilian life, and moral injury.
Nineteen Vietnam era veterans gave testimonials, transformed into song by 21 songwriters and recorded by 81 studio musicians in 14 different studios across five states in two countries – USA and Vietnam. A total of 109 artists, including 17 Vietnamese nationals, joined forces to complete the project. The release party and concert at Turner Hall Ballroom includes a lineup with 10 of the 14 acts that wrote and recorded songs for the CD.
Jason Moon, Founder and Executive Producer
“The album is about the trauma of service, but also about reconciliation,” said Jason Moon, founder of Warrior Songs
Jason Moon joined Chuck Theusch’s Vietnam-based Children’s Library International on their 20-year anniversary trip to create “Seeds of Peace,” song about the importance of reconciliation work in healing moral injury. The recording is Warrior Songs first multinational effort.
Renowned conductor of The United Saigon Orchestra, Son Mach, recorded in Saigon and Da Nang, and Vietnamese school children sang the lead vocals.
Moon, executive producer of the album, is an Iraq combat veteran and award-winning singer-songwriter. He experienced severe PTSD, but overcame it through his music after a long struggle, although still plagued by it at times. He founded Warrior Songs in 2011 as a way to help other veterans heal through music and other creative arts, and devotes his life to it.
Warrior Songs is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, and all donations and proceeds go to helping heal veterans’ trauma through creative arts retreats and Story To Song, which converts their stories into songs.
The album is the third in a series of releases by Warrior Songs to tell the stories of veterans and help them heal by sharing their experiences.
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