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Songwriting as Life Spark

“The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the imagination.”
Emily Dickinson

When veterans attend a SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat it can be difficult to describe how they feel immediately after writing a song. They have unexpectedly connected with someone they didn’t know and then created something entirely new, together. Something profoundly personal and beautiful—a song, out of some of the worst things they have been through. It’s a big deal.

What we often hear them say are things like, “that’s amazing…I never thought I could do something like this…” and “thank you…” Sometimes their voices are soft and thoughtful, sometimes booming with relief.

What we see is direct eye contact, ease of posture, tears wiped from cheeks and wide smiles.

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The Power of Support

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