4. Why Us
5. Livin' in Fear
6. Pissin' 'n' Moanin'
7. Hill 352
8. Monsoon Rain
10. Night Patrol
12. Nobody Cared
This CD was a long time coming — 43 years in fact.
It came about because a fellow Vietnam vet, Al Matschi, asked me if I ever planned to revisit the days I spent in '68 as a combat medic. I hadn’t seriously considered going there, because I was concerned about what I may find. I planted the seed in the parking area of my brain and left it there for six months.
After a lot of thought, I concluded the only way to approach my military experiences was through music. I approached Al Torsiello — the first guy I met in Vietnam, getting off of a chopper in February, 1968 — about co-writing some songs about our experiences there. He quickly agreed.
I discovered from Vietnam musicologist Hugo Keesing that to his knowledge, two army guys, serving side by side, in the same platoon, had never written about their experiences musically – in any war. I knew what we were about to do was very unique.
In November 2011, we began writing. The songs that had been hidden in our psyches for 43 years came pouring out. In short order it became very clear that we needed someone to polish our lyrics, so I turned to my songwriting partner Ricki E. Bellos, who quickly became engaged in the process.
Another motivation for producing this CD is to give back through veterans' organizations. Our first partnership is with Guitars for Vets, to whom we will be donating 10% of our proceeds.
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Thank you for helping our veterans!