In Celebration of VJ Day

Today I have a special announcement!! It’s about a story dear to my heart that I now want to gift to you in celebration of VJ Day on September 2nd. ❀

A few years back I wrote a short story. I don’t even know exactly where the idea came from, but I do know that, as I wrote, it simply flowed like it had been waiting a long time just to be put into words.

the end of a terrible, long war flowing with sacrifice

a loved, worn piano with names scratched into the finish

and a girl who could read everything in each soldier’s eyes

The Patriot’s Song was born.


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aesthetic, images from Pinterest

I always felt like this story needed music playing behind it to really have the right feel.

After all, I’d had strains of different songs and soundtracks running through my head as I wrote each scene. It just wasn’t right without its own song!

I mentioned to my friend Gabby that it would be cool to have her brother Elijah, a music guy who was arranging some hymns at the time, compose a brand new piece of music for my story.

He agreed to, and I couldn’t have been more excited, y’all. I gave him a few ideas for the sound I wanted, asked if there was any way he could incorporate a few strains from a specific hymn, and loaned him my copy of a 1940s soldier’s songbook.

So it was that Elijah Hubler gave my little story a soul!

It was completely. totally. amazing.

“The Marine’s Hymn” is in there so perfectly that I had to get out the soldier’s songbook and listen to the music without narration to recognize exactly where it was!! It sets the tone for the canteen scene so perfectly that I felt like I could really see it all, now that I could hear it.

Then Elijah found a narrator.

Jim Hodges, a professional narrator of G.A. Henty audiobooks, agreed to record my story and even said he liked it!

I was terribly nervous to listen to it… to be super honest. XD By this point The Patriot’s Song was a bit special to me. ❀

Mr. Hodges brought The Patriot’s Song to life!

I was astounded by the way Mr. Hodges took on the feel of the characters and their tones, and even the pacing was perfect!

And I still almost cry with awe every time I hear the end– the old-fashioned cadence he used for the preacher is just WOW.

But I shouldn’t spoil anything else for you all because, well, in honor of VJ Day coming up on September 2nd…

You can listen to The Patriot’s Song audio right here, right now, for free!

So please do, and I hope with all my heart you enjoy this dear thing of mine. ❀ Tell me if you can find the three different songs that are mixed into the music. πŸ˜‰ And let me know what you think– I’d truly love to hear! ~A


HUGE thank yous to Elijah Hubler of DominionInMusic & Jim Hodges of JimHodgesAudioBooks for their ace work on this audio. Check out their stuff!

See the story’s Pinterest board here.

8 thoughts on “In Celebration of VJ Day

  1. I so love the story, and the music with it and everything! It’s spectacular. Great job Anna and Elijah! (You make me want to go listen to it again now. πŸ˜‹)

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  2. THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!! I just listened to it and got teared up. I could see everything so clearly in my head. Your writing is so beautiful and I loved the way the soundtrack and audio narration brought it to life in a new way!!!!! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€β€β€β€β€πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Šβ€β€β€πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽŠ

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  3. Wow, Anna! That was so amazing. I loved how Onward, Christian Soldiers and Sweet By and By played in the background at the perfect times. πŸ˜‰ It’s so cool that you actually got a real audiobook reader to read it!! And I love the preacher’s message. ❀ Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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  4. *sniffles, wipes a tear to see what I’m doing* Wrong thing to listen to as I try to finish up decorating cookies for a bridal shower. That’s supposed to be happy….I’m NOT supposed to be trying my hardest to keep tears off of them!

    In all seriousness, this is good. Like really, really good. Your use of words is so beautiful, and the music added to the story pulled me into it deeper than I normally would have gone….hence, the tears =) I loved the way the hymns were woven through the whole score….I think the music alone would have made me cry with it’s beauty πŸ™‚

    I loved the quote, “Let us arrive at heaven all used up…” How true that should be of each of us who call ourselves Christians!

    Thank you for sharing with all of us!

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