Story To Song
This program facilitates collaboration between established musicians and veterans to turn a veteran’s story into song, which then becomes a platform for reflection, transformation and healing.
Here’s how it works:
Veterans are invited to submit poetry, story and song at Warrior Songs event or through this website. Veterans retain all rights to original material, and identities are kept confidential if desired at the veteran’s discretion.
Warrior Songs chooses material that represents important issues faced by veterans and has the potential to be converted to song. Selections span all genres of music and reflect accurately the diverse population of the military.
A team of songwriters designated by Warrior Songs will collaborate to transform the selected submissions into musical arrangements. Whenever possible songwriters who are military veterans are included in this process and submitting veterans are consulted during the process. The final creation must be approved by the submitting veteran before it can proceed. The submitting veteran retains the right to retract their submission up to the point that the songwriter becomes involved. Once published, unless anonymity is requested, the veteran will be credited, however the song must remain in the public domain as it would be impossible to withdraw a song from a CD.
Songs are recorded in a professional recording studio to create a compilation CD of the songs. Whenever possible, musicians who are military veterans are utilized in the processes of recording, producing and promoting CD’s.
The final product is a full length CD which will be released to the public. The CD's are give free of charge to Veterans. The CD's are also sold on line and at events to fund future volumes
Warrior Songs - 10 year - 10 cd - plan
2016 – “If You Have to Ask… Warrior Songs Vol. 1” - Veterans (nondescript)
2018 – “Women at War: Warrior Songs Vol. 2” - Women Veterans
2021 - “The Last Thing We Ever Do: Warrior Songs Vol. 3” – Vietnam Era Veterans
2023 – “BIPOC Veterans: Warrior Songs Vol. 4” - Veterans of Color
"Black Veterans: Warrior Songs Vol. 4" – Black, African, Afro-Caribbean
“Native and Indigenous Voices: Warrior Songs Vol. 4” – Native & Indigenous Veterans
“Veterans of Color: Warrior Songs Vol. 4” – LatinX, Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Other
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2025 – “Collateral Damage: Warrior Songs Vol. 5” – Family and Support
2027 – “Broken, One Each: Warrior Songs Vol. 6” – Injured & Disabled Veterans
2028 – “Rainbow Warriors: Warrior Songs Vol. 7” - LGBTQ Veterans
2029 – “Tales from The Combat Zone: Warrior Songs Vol. 8” – Combat Veterans (all era)
2031 – “Reconciliation: Survivors of US Wars Speak: Warrior Songs Vol. 9"