THE OAKS: Songs that Speak, Stories that Sing
Every so often a music release appears in my mailbox that gives me pause and makes me listen hard and think about something other than just songs. That happened again just recently with a very special project called The Oaks. It's an opportunity to hear some tremendous new music and give some attention to worthy causes.
At the heart of the project are Matthew Antolick and Ryan Costello - two talented artists who believe in their power to change the world with the deeds and with their music.
The pair met in 1999 while studying at the University of Southern Florida and soon found they shared a passion for music. This common interest led them to share a radio show and later to form a band together. Years apart and distance away (several thousand miles) could not keep the Oaks from coming to be. Here is the story of the band:
Thompson reported the killings to his superior officers in a rage over what he had seen. He would later show his resolve by finding the strength to testify about what he had seen at the military inquiries. It was not until 1998 that Thompson was awarded the Soldier's Medal for heroism not involving conflict with an enemy. Thompson died of cancer-related illness earlier this year.
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