Songwriters Collaborate with Shepherd Center Military Patients to Write a Song about Their War Experience
More than 200 Shepherd Center patients and their families attended the second annual “Songs for Shepherd” concert featuring music performed by Georgia and Tennessee songwriters. The event featured a song the performers co-wrote with Shepherd Center military patients.
The July 2014 event, which was sponsored by Choate Construction, also included dinner catered by Low Country BBQ and served by 30 volunteers from Choate. Shepherd Center music therapist Thomas Miller hosted the concert.
Georgia songwriters John Allison, James Casto and Carole Ford performed their music along with Nashville songwriter JP Williams, who writes for Garth Brooks’ publishing company, Major Bob Music. The songwriters came and spent the day at Shepherd Center, jamming with patients and SHARE Military Initiative clients participating in music therapy with Thomas. SHARE is a comprehensive rehabilitation program for military service personnel who sustained brain injuries and/or PTSD in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The group actually wrote a song with the SHARE clients. (Click on the link above at left to hear the song.) One of the clients came in to the “writing appointment” with poetry of his war experience, and the group crafted a song around it and performed it at the concert that evening.
“It was a beautiful song, and the show was uplifting and inspirational for the patients,” says Shauna Collins, a Nashville-based development manager for the Shepherd Center Foundation.
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Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, multiple amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. Ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals for rehabilitation and the best in the Southeast, Shepherd Center treats more than 850 inpatients and 7,600 outpatients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.