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.
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…
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. 😉 And let me know what you think– I’d truly love to hear! ~A
See the story’s Pinterest board here.