Skip to comments.Country Star Uses Music to Take Troops Back Home
Posted on 12/03/2008 9:45:00 PM PST by SandRat
| WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2008 Country singer/songwriter Craig Morgan can relate to the veterans he meets when he performs, because hes been there.
Despite that fact, though, Morgan said hed always discounted the impact music can have when a servicemember is far from home until he performed after a Jack Daniels-sponsored care package stuffing event at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., and met some wounded servicemembers.
They were talking about how my music affected them, and what it meant to them when they were going through what they were going through, Morgan said. After hearing so many stories, especially [from] those guys, the men and women in the armed forces, the way that the music impacted them and made them want to keep going, I learned not to take it so lightly.
The stories he heard from those wounded troops at Quantico inspired him. With hand-written lyrics secured to a microphone stand, Morgan performed Let Me Take You Home for the first time that night.
Its about where theyre from. Let the music take you back home. Let the music take you there, he said. Thats basically what it says: I cant do a lot for you, but I can sing these songs and I can take you home. So let me.
He later recorded an acoustic version with the intent of making it available to the troops, but ran into some obstacles, including the release of his new album.
I didnt want it to become part of the record, he said. I really wanted it to be special for them.
With the chaos of a new album release out of the way, Let Me Take You Home now is available as a free download from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Web site for a limited time. Valid military identification is required to access the song.
Those who miss the download just might catch Morgan in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hell be touring with United Service Organizations during the holidays.
Were going to do that song every night, I know that, he said. The men and women serving overseas, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan, they aint got no choice. They dont get to go home.
Morgan said this will be his fifth trip to perform for the troops overseas.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service
United Service Organizations
Hi SandRat, thank you so much for all the wonderful things about our troops.
Thanks to him for his support. Has anyone heard of him before? I never have.