Hear Mike's Song
MW4V Music Program
MusicWorks4Veterans “Music Night” is a fun-filled, interactive music event that we host on a regular basis at Veteran facilities in the Puget Sound area. Our very first Music Night was held in the Fall of 2012 at Chilson Auditorium, Washington Soldiers Home in Orting. With this music program, Veterans are encouraged to be a part of the creative process of making music. This includes singing, clapping, percussion or any instrument they would like to play. Creative writing and storytelling are also welcomed and encouraged. The important thing is to have fun and create music together. It’s an amazing experience for all and every event brings forth something beautiful and new. Mike’s unique story is the first example that has come about since starting Music Night at the Soldier's Home.
As a Veteran and longtime singer/songwriter with a desire to inspire and help fellow Veterans, I often introduce and play original songs during our program. Sometimes, I’ll share personal stories about what inspired me to write the song and I speak about how the creative process has benefitted me, and that through ups and downs, music and creating has been the one constant in my life that I can always count on.
I entered his song as a co-authorship in the VA’s annual National Creative Arts Festival, winning Blue Ribbon honors in the State of Washington as well as Honorable Mention!
Mike’s story is one of several stories derived using this creative approach and is another great example of how Music Works for Veterans can benefit our Veterans.
Please continue to follow MusicWorks4Veterans ventures as we progress towards making this project and programs available and accessible to more and more Veterans. We appreciate your support.
John Leonard Selzler (Veteran, Army & Air Force)
MusicWorks4Veterans Project Manager
Veterans Family Fund of America 501 (c)(3) Board Member