A moment of calm for soldiers at war

“Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” William Congreve 


Can any of us really imagine the savagery and turmoil of war… to be a world away from those we love and the life we knew?

I received an email this morning that relayed a request from a U.S. soldier in Iraq. His request for music was forwarded from a classical flautist who sent him some CDs, and then sent the request to others to, hopefully, encourage others to do the same. No matter what your personal taste in music is, someone in uniform will share it. Think of the pleasure that music brings you in your daily life, if only as a distraction from life’s worries and woes. Why not pass some of those favorites on to our men and women in the military? Here is the original request:

Comments from Luke Giannini, U.S. Army:

   “In the midst of the harsh environment that is Iraq, I began to realize how much I missed music that was simply so accessible back in the states.  Shocking as it may seem, not everyone owns an MP3 player and not everyone would want to bring one to this giant dusty sandbox.  There are all sorts of facilities set up in Iraq where soldiers can use the phone or pick up an old book, but music seems to be neglected.  Naturally, the demand and craving for whatever music one loves remains and it is not uncommon to see someone strumming on an old guitar and singing to his buddies when the day is over.  It meant a lot to me to receive some classical CDs in the mail and I know that other soldiers would appreciate having a similar library of music to choose from in the various Morale and Welfare centers set up around Iraq.”

SPC Luke Giannini



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Thank you to Renee Knight for passing this on. If you do not want to bother with mailing, etc. please contact me and I will send them for you. Anyone coming to our Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Soldier’s Monument in Somerset Town Park can pass them along to me there. With so many music lovers in the community, I’m sure there is a wealth of music to be shared. I’m sending some classics as well as CDs by local singer/songwriter Dale Campbell (a favorite in our gazebo) and our own Vignettes, Karen Corwin, Ann Leuer and Sue Rose.

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have fallen in battle, those who gave their lives in defense of freedom. What better way to honor them than to reach out to those brave soldiers in the battlefields of today? Music…a simple thing we take for granted… like so many simple pleasures left behind for a foxhole or tank.

And so I ask… How are YOU going to help?


2 Responses to “A moment of calm for soldiers at war”

  1. Lynnemarie Says:

    Hi Julie,
    I wanted you to know I collected some cd’s from family and donated some from my own collection and mailed them to the address on the article. I included some country, easy listening, classical and jazz. I hope the soliders that get them really enjoy them.
    Please let your readers know, it was easy to do. I packaged and taped them in a secure box. The post office gives you a form to fill out for US Customs, pay the mailing charge and they are on their way. Hoping they make someones day special.

  2. juliechatterbox Says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to think of our soldiers! We all love music so much that a day without it seems strange. It must be very, very lonely for our troops. Lets hope you have inspired others to share some tunes!

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