The Last Thing We Ever Do: Warrior Songs Vol. 3

The Last Thing We Ever Do: Warrior Songs Vol. 3
15 songs created from the 1st hand testimony of Vietnam Era Veterans
Official Fundraising Campaign 2020

Warrior Songs is pleased to announce the relaunch of fundraising for The Last Thing We Ever Do: Warrior Songs Vol. 3.  Originally, Vol. 3 was slated to be a double CD, but due to COVID all fundraising events and concerts for 2020 are canceled.  We also canceled all group and in person story collections for songs.  The result is a single CD of 15 songs slated for release March 2021.

“The Last Thing We Ever Do: Warrior Songs Vol. 3” is the third installment of Warrior Songs flagship program – Story to Song.  Veterans give first person narrative, which is turned into a song by an accomplished songwriter.  These songs are released on themed compilation CD released biannually.  The Veteran remains in control of the process the entire time.  The completed compilation CDs are given free of charge to veterans and those who work with veterans.  To date, Warrior Songs has given away over 30,000 copies of the CDs we create.

 “The Last Thing We Ever Do: Warrior Songs Vol. 3” Song – Song synopsis.

“The Last Thing We Ever Do: Warrior Songs Vol. 3” is the third installment of Warrior Songs flagship program – Story to Song.  Veterans give first person narrative, which is turned into a song by an accomplished songwriter.  These songs are released on themed compilation CD released biannually.  The Veteran remains in control of the process the entire time.  The completed compilation CDs are given free of charge to veterans and those who work with veterans.  To date, Warrior Songs has given away over 30,000 copies of the CDs we create.

 “The Last Thing We Ever Do: Warrior Songs Vol. 3” Song – Song synopsis.

“Face Down” (Complete awaiting final studio mix) tells the story of the story of Marine Combat Veteran Dan Van Buskirk, co-founder of Guitars for Veterans.  Written by Saji Villoth and recorded by The Mambo Surfers at Tanner-Monagle studios

Richard “Breezy” Brzeski is working with published author and songwriter Billy Terrell to create a song about the impact of civilian casualties.  Breezy met with Kim Phuc of the famous “Napalm Girl” picture about collateral damage.  Breezy is an instructor at Veterans Journey Home

“Let it Go” speaks of survivors guilt through the story of Charlie Walton who had a fellow soldier die in his arms after a triggering a tripwire.  Charlie and Larry perform with the Veterans theater group Feast of Crispian.  Enjoy the music video as well as the behind the scenes video.  Recorded live at Providence Baptist Church in Milwaukee by Jake Johnson of Paradyme Productions.

“Disquieted Mind” by Jeff Mitchel, tells the story of Steve Gunn.  Steve healed from moral injury in part by the work of Dr. Ed Tick and Soldiers Heart.  Studio recording is in process.

“Welcome to the World” tells the story of Calvin Wade, who came home from Vietnam only to be greeted by racism.  Longtime ally of Warrior Songs BriGette McCoy introduced us to Parthon who wrote and recorded the song.

“Doing My Time” is in creation phase.  It tells the story of a Vietnam Era Veteran in homeless and heroin recovery at The Veterans Village of San Diego.  Jo-El Tapia, Tom Haines and Jason Moon are creating this song.

We are currently gathering testimony for a song about the experiences of Women Veterans who deployed during the Vietnam War.

Warrior Songs is speaking with Elvis Thao of Elvis Thao and The Creatives to create a song from the testimony of Hmong Vietnam Veterans who are now US citizens.

Recording Artist Country Joe McDonald, Author of We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, Rolling Stones Magazine #1 Music Book of 2015 Doug Bradley, and Veteran John Zutz are teaming up to create a song about the importance of music in surviving war and return.

Warrior Songs founder Jason Moon traveled to Vietnam with Chuck Theusch’s Children’s Library International on their 20-year anniversary trip to Vietnam in October 2019.  "Let us Grow" by Jason Moon written 10/24/2019 at Quan Lau Tan restaurant in Duc Pho after witnessing a meal between Chuck and other USA Vietnam Veterans and ex-VC who had fought against each other 50 years ago in this province. Recorded on a borrowed guitar at Come Together Bar in Quy Nhon 10/25/2019.

Kyle Rightley is creating a song from Veteran and Magician Bill Martin.  Bill founded Veterans and Patriots Performance Group.  The song they created is scheduled to be recorded by Grammy Nominated Jazz Singer Janet Planet and her All Star Band.

Jesse Frewerd is telling the story of Purple Heart Combat Medic Mark Foreman who healed his wounds of war through visual arts.  Mark went on to cofound Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative.

Jake Froelke of American Feedbag is writing a song about Vietnam Veterans who healed through motorcycles and motorcycle clubs.  When finished, Jake will join Brian Smith and God’s Outlaw in the studio to bring the song to life.

Warrior Songs board member Lisa Johnson is creating a song about returning home after deployment, based on the testimony of Vietnam Veterans.


Budget
The total budget for “The Last Thing We Ever Do: Warrior Songs Vol. 3” is $30,000.00 of which $18,449.00 remains to be raised.  Due to COVID-19, all funds need to be raised through online fundraising and direct donations.  Below is the total budget.  Please consider making a donation today. 

You can also Donate at www.warriorsongs.org/donate

Or you can mail a check to
Warrior Songs
PO Box 8805
Madison, WI 53708

As Gofundme does not allow us to post offline donations, we will instead reduce the total amount needed to raise equal to offline donations and list the donors in the space below.

*** Begin offline donor list***

 As of 07/18/2020 $2,427.69 has been raised offline.

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Warrior Songs Volume 3 Budget
07/09/2020 - jrm
Remaining Expenses
Item Cost Quantity Total
Studio Recording                      $500.00            12               $6,000.00
Select song boost                     $500.00               5               $2,500.00
Veteran/Artist Travel             $750.00               2               $1,500.00
Graphic Design                          $700.00               1               $700.00
Master                                            $700.00               1               $700.00
Press CD                                       $1.34             2500               $3,350.00
License and copyright           $250.00               1                 $250.00
Distribution                                 $1,500.00           1             $1,500.00
Fundraising                                 $1,000.00             1             $1,000.00
Promotion                                    $1,000.00            1             $1,000.00
Miscellaneous                            $749.37                 1               $749.37

Total Remaining Expense Budget                                      $19,249.37

Spent to date                                                                                   $6,765.65

Total Expenses v                                                                            $26,015.02

Incomes
Fundraising to date
Bloomfield Family Foundation Grant                           $7,000.00
Vietnam Veterans Against the War Org                     $1,000.00
Vets Journey Home - MKE Org                                        $1,000.00
Fundraised Facebook Fundraise                                     $2,551.00

Total fundraised to date                                                       11,551.00

Budget Shortfall                                                                       $14,464.02

Projected Fundraising Remaining
Grants                                                                                             $4,464.02 
Veteran Organizations                                                          $5,000.00
Fundraising                                                                                   $5,000.00 

notes
*1, reserved funds songs that have the potential to become standout.
These may require additional studio musicians, studio time, or travel budget.

*2, CD's are shipped media mail in cases, boxes, and individual padded envelopes.
Media mail for bulk, 1st class for individual

*3, Warrior Songs founder Jason Moon joined Children's Library International
on a 15 day trip to Vietnam October 13-27 2019

Music video info:

“Let it Go” By Larry Reed and Frogwater
The First hand testimony of Vietnam Combat Veteran Charlie Walton
Written by Charlie Walton and Jason Moon
Music by John Nicholson
Cinematography Michael Frank & Dylan Moon
Music Video by David Seeber of Paczka Digital

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