Mary Gauthier at Music Millennium, 3/19!
Every day, on average, twenty veterans commit suicide. Each year seventy-four hundred current and former members of the United States Armed Services take their own lives.
That number does not include drug overdoses or car wrecks or any of the more inventive ways somebody might less obviously choose to die.
It seems trivial to suggest those lives might be saved – healed, even – by a song. By the process of writing a song.
And yet there is nothing trivial about Mary Gauthier’s tenth album, Rifles and Rosary Beads, all eleven songs co-written with and for wounded veterans. Eleven of the nearly four hundred songs that highly accomplished songwriters have co-written as part of Darden Smith’s five-year-old Songwriting With Soldiers program.
Not one of these soldiers has taken their own life, and there’s nothing trivial about that. Something about writing that song – telling that story – is healing.