Mr. Cleaves, I want to thank you for the song "Still Fighting The War". It's very moving and very true to what my husband and our fellow vets have gone through. Did you serve by chance? Thanks again and keep on keepin on! (Not really a question but still!) - Sara E. Ret. Army SGT.
Thanks for getting in touch, Sara. I've never served in the military and don't have any close friends or family serving. So when I decided to tackle such an important and heavy subject, I was concerned about getting the details right on that song. I read stories on line. And this photo essay really helped: http://www.pulitzer.org/works/2012-Featu... Also, my co-writer Ron Coy had recently lost a good buddy, who'd been "still fighting the war" since returning home from Viet Nam. His name was Brian Fuller. It means the world to me to hear that the song resonates with those who've put their lives on the line. Thanks again.
Slaid, I want to thank you for appearing at the AMVETs Finding Their Way Home event. First, because I appreciate the support for the event and the returning vets, and secondly, because I had not heard your music before. Your ballads are beautiful, and so heartfelt. I'll be tracking your tour schedule, and picking up a CD or two!
Thank you again,
We live in the Mid-Atlantic and know that you will be in Maine on tour in early May. We are hoping that you will be doing a few other venues on the East Coast after Maine.... i.e. Vermont, or Maryland. The Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis (where we live) is a fabulous venue. We'd probably fill the place for you!
Love your music and lyrics....
Elaine & Rich Kahn