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I would love nothing more than to tell a story of how my patriotism was at an all time high or how some current event sparked a fire that had been burning deep inside and inspired me to write “The Soldier Song.” This, however, is simply not true. This song came out of nowhere. I was actually trying to write about a homeless person. My focus was on some sort of story that would go along with the title, “you don’t even know my name.” Still, I kept hearing these lyrics in my head that didn’t pertain to my subject matter. I got very frustrated, and in an effort to just get them out of my head, I wrote them down. That’s when I realized, I had written 3/4 of “The Soldier Song.” I finished the song a couple of days later, and tried it out on my friend, Denise. She was full of encouragement, which just started the ball rolling.
I later went into the studio to record a demo of the song with my husband, Pat. We said, “Wow, wouldn’t it be great if someone like Crystal Gayle (a legendary talent known for her military support) would record it!” A couple of weeks later, we heard that Crystal was in fact going to record it. I was floored, humbled, blown away, not to mention just down right proud!
She released it in May of 2003 and sent it to radio stations everywhere. It got a little airplay from shows like Carl P. and the P-Team on 103.3 WKDF, who are big military supporters, but overall, the big stations would not add it to their playlists. After it was more than obvious that radio was not going to help get the song heard, I decided to find another way. Not only for the soldiers, who more than deserve to hear a thank you for what they are doing, but for all the people like me, who NEED to say “thank you” and don’t really know how. That’s what these cards are for — to simply help people make a connection.
I have been truly blessed to have written this song, or more accurately speaking, written this song down. That’s all I really did. I wrote it down on paper. The author is someone far greater than I. Someone who knew that my patriotism needed a big boost. Someone who knew that soldiers everywhere, past and present, deserve to hear how appreciative the rest of the world is of their sacrifices. Someone who knew that it was time to stop asking why and simply say “thank you!” -- Sally Mudd
The Adventure Continues
I set up this booth at a bluegrass festival in hopes of getting this song to a few more soldiers, where the most incredible thing happened. A girl passed by with her boyfriend and my friend said "Hey, you wanna listen to the song?" She said, "No thanks, I've heard it before, she sent one to my dad for Christmas." A few words were exchanged between she and my friend, Renee, and then the girl looked at me and said, "Oh my God, are you the one who wrote the song?" I nodded and she ran over to meet me. She got her mom on the phone and just went on and on, very emotionally, about how the girl that wrote the song was right there with her and such.
When she hung up, she came over to me and said, "Let me tell you why I am so glad to meet you...my dad is over there, and at Christmas time his unit received a box of CD's from you. They all thought they were coming home shortly thereafter, but found out there stay had been extended. He and his unit went through a very difficult time. He wrote a letter home to my mom with your CD included and said that your song is what pulled them through it, and told her to listen to it every day as they did, and maybe it will help her through it as well."
She had me write a note to her dad and talked about how excited he would be, and we had our picture taken together. She left very teary....I will forever be teary!! What a day.... What a gift!
This picture was taken at a Marine Scholars fundraiser in Chicago, Illinois. They invited me to come sing my song for the veterans who get together to raise scholarship funds for the children of marines. What a spectacular group of individuals!! What an unforgettable day!!
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