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Saturday, May 10, 2008

A tribute to Veterans



The story behind the song:

On this particular evening, Dr. Sam, a professional musician and entertainer as well as a physician was tired. He had parted with his band members and was headed home from a cross-country gig that had returned him to his home base in Florida at 1 AM. After retrieving his car from the parking lot, he handed his parking ticket to the elderly man in the collection booth. Retrieving his change, Dr. Sam wished the attendant a good evening. He was somewhat startled when he received an unexpected angry and resentful reply. " I took two bullets for this country," the attendant responded, "and look what I am doing now!"


Uncertain as to how to respond initially, Dr. Sam pocketed his change, rolled up his window and began to drive off. The time that it took to drive ten or fifteen feet from the toll booth was enough for him to digest what had just happened. With no one behind him, Dr. Sam backed up, rolled down his window and addressed the elderly attendant. "Sir", he said, " I have had a wonderful life in this country, and I want to thank you sincerely for what you did to preserve our way of life in this country." Saying nothing in response, the man began to cry.

As he drove home in those early morning hours, Dr. Sam was haunted by what had just occurred. As a 'Baby Boomer" his early years of life were within a decade of the end of the Second World War. His step-father had been wounded in Italy, and other family members had served in the armed forces. Distant relatives had perished in the holocaust. What would have happened, he thought, if we had lost World War Two to Hitler and his Nazi henchmen? He realized that not only would our entire way of life and system of freedom been destroyed, his parents and grandparent would have been killed, he would never have been born and his children would not exist. The same fate would have been met by virtually all other members of minorities, many religious groups, and the disabled. The personal freedoms that we take so much for granted would have disappeared. "How", he thought, "do you thank someone enough for the existence of your children, and for all of the freedoms and opportunities that we all take so much for granted?"

The next morning, Dr. Sam wrote the lyrics to "Before You Go". The lyrics came easily to him since they came so much from the heart. The challenge then came in setting them to music.

If you'd like to order music or read more:

Dr. Sam, music with a message

4 comments:

ann said...

This was a really emotional post for me, PJ. I got all teary at the part where Dr. Sam backed up and thanked the veteran, and all the veteran could do was cry. I'm sitting here wishing my grandpa was still here so I could thank him for what he went through in WWII. This was so touching.

samurai said...

Amen... and thank you for posting that song. Our veterans deserve that recognition.

Maggie - Mom of Six said...

what a powerful post! Thank you so much for sharing that.

PJ said...

It was sent to me by a friend in an email. I was very moved. Glad you enjoyed it too. Both my Dad and my Grandfather were vets. My Dad in WWII, my Grandpa in WWI. Several uncles served too in Korea and Vietnam.

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