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“Striking a Chord”: A Music Documentary for our Soldiers

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What does music do? What purpose does it serve?

The great thing about music is that, no matter the genre, no matter the fan, you tend to hear the same answers to those questions time and again: it soothes, it helps you forget about your problems for just a little while, it evokes emotion, you can sympathize with the words…oh yeah, and it sounds good.

Just the other day I heard about a music documentary called “Striking a Chord.” Singer-songwriter Nell Bryden has traveled to the Middle East with her band not only to entertain our troops, but as the famous Billy Joel lyric goes, to get the troops “to forget about life for a while.”

Here’s a description of the documentary:

A description for the documentary: The impetus for making Striking a Chord is our growing awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and its devastating effects. As director Susan Cohn Rockefeller researched the project, she realized how little civilians actually know about the demands made on soldiers stationed in combat zones.

Striking a Chord brings the audience right into the army bases in Iraq. The film shows the boredom and isolation, the effect of repeated deployments, and the need to create experiences that bring the troops some consolation. Long lines of soldiers waiting to speak with Nell Bryden and the band after every concert attest to the effect of the music on the troops. Their fervent applause and heartfelt comments show how deeply they respond to the concerts. Music can heal invisible wounds. As singer-songwriter Nell Bryden and her band tour Iraq, we see firsthand the joy their music brings the troops serving there. Striking a Chord shows how music can help soldiers combat the pain of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.)

Click here to view the film’s trailer.

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Written by traumalines

June 19, 2010 at 9:18 am

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