Strengths in the Time of Coronavirus

Posted by on Mar 20, 2020

Photo by Rick Loomis   At SongwritingWith:Soldiers  we use collaborative songwriting to build creativity, connections, and strengths. Why? Because writing songs can change lives, and being creative, feeling connected and using our strengths is GOOD FOR US. Creativity broadens our view of what is possible (builds HOPE) Connections build community (strengthen bonds, combat loneliness) Strengths build confidence and […]

Connecting Couples

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019

When you’re a Marine and your job deals with bomb disposal, death is always close at hand. For many spouses of EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) warriors, danger and uncertainty become permanent members of the household. The stress and worry can take a toll on a relationship, to say the least. “EOD stands for ‘Every One’s […]

What does a veteran have to say FIVE YEARS after attending a SW:S retreat?

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018

The following post contains an interview transcript from AJ Merrifield in response to questions from Paula Phelps, Science Editor for Live Happy Magazine. You can read more and hear a podcast with SW:S Co-Founder Mary Judd and songwriter Jay Clementi here. Your military background After the September 11th attacks, I felt called to serve so I enlisted in […]

Our Mission – In a Photo

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018

Look at this photo. A group of women gathered at a Painting with a Twist venue in January 2018. Study the photo then, click here where you will find SONGS written by each one of these women. Songs about combat, suicide, resilience, the pride of being a soldier and sadness of transitioning out, mascara, and […]

“I Never Intended…” A Message from a Veteran

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018

photo by Rick Loomis I never intended to attend a SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat myself. I simply came to the organization wanting to help in any way I can. Yes, I am a veteran. I served in the Army Reserves from 1991 to 1999 and spent many months packed and waiting for orders to deploy to the […]

A Special Thank You from a SW:S Veteran

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017

Vietnam Veteran, Robb Robichaud, attended the November 2017 retreat at Heart J Center in Loveland, Colorado. A prolific writer, Robb was inspired further after attending the retreat and creativity workshops. He returned home and wrote the following poem as a tribute to the SW:S songwriters. He hopes that by sharing it he not only extends […]

Five Years Strong in 2017

Posted by on Oct 28, 2017

350+ songs 400+ veterans, active-duty, and military family members Five Years Strong in 2017 Building community and resiliency through song! October 2012 Three songwriters, a specialist in positive psychology, a handful of volunteers and ten soldiers gathered for the first SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat outside Austin, TX. The ingredients for a powerful weekend. Ten songs, stories of hope, and a new community […]

A Story of Hope and Community

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017

Ramona was tired. She had been struggling lately. Her therapist encouraged her to attend the SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat for all female veterans near Fort Hood in May. She reluctantly agreed, but had little hope of it making any difference. On Day Two Ramona sat down with songwriter, Mary Gauthier. They talked about both being from Louisiana, […]

Songwriting as Life Spark

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017

“The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the imagination.” Emily Dickinson For our veterans, it is sometimes difficult to describe how they feel immediately after writing a song. They have unexpectedly connected with someone they didn’t know and then created something entirely new, together. Something profoundly personal and beautiful—a song, out of some of the […]

One Songwriter. Countless Connections.

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017

At SongwritingWith:Soldiers, we talk a lot about the impact that collaborative songwriting has on our veterans and the far reaching “ripple effect” of their songs. One thing we don’t talk a lot about is the impact of our program on the professional songwriters. Many have said that the experience of writing with veterans and their […]

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