Folksinger-songwriter Mary Gauthier at Hopmonk Sebastopol

Tue, December 4, 2018, 7:00 pm

Every day.

Every single day, which means some days are better and some much worse.

Every day, on average, twenty-two veterans commit suicide.

Every day.

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.

And yet there is nothing trivial about Mary Gauthier’s tenth album, Rifles & Rosary Beads (Thirty Tigers), 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 the five-year-old SongwritingWith:Soldiers program.

Participants of the program have shared that the experience of songwriting was life changing for them, some even said life saving. Something about writing that song — telling that story — is healing. What program co-founder Smith calls post-traumatic-growth.

$20.00 + $4.21

HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol

230 Petaluma Ave

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