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A LETTER TO GREG (AUTHOR OF "ONE MORE SOLDIER COMING HOME")
Greg, it was Veterans Day on Thursday and something came over me in the cemetery while I was shooting the video for "One More Soldier Coming Home." I swear I kind of felt the ground move in that cemetery today, it was something very spiritual. I definitely felt a connection to my heroes, these men who have served our country so proudly. They deserve to sleep endlessly and peacefully on this hallowed ground. I felt as if they were all saying, "Thank you for showing us honor and respect."
I felt my father's patriotic soul whispering to me in the wind. I also felt the souls of my uncles, of my friends from high school who had served and fallen in Vietnam, of my childhood friends' dads who were lost but not forgotten in Korea, and of our young and brave heroes that have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. I felt all that in the cemetery, Greg. It was like being stoned, but not on drugs, if that makes sense. It was kind of weird, well not weird, but again spiritual, and I felt proud and thankful that I had the opportunity to do to something for them. I felt their presence, especially with it being Veterans Day.
Just the other day when I was signing t-shirts after a show, a woman asked me to sign a shirt for her son who is in the 101st Airborne. She told me she had just talked to her boy and that it was 129 degrees in Iraq. I gave her the shirt for free, it was the least I could do. I wish I could have done more that night, and I thank the Good Lord that I have the chance to do so now. "One More Soldier Coming Home" is currently available for free on my website, and once I start charging folks to download it, I'll be donating the proceeds from this amazing song to the families of the men and women who have lost their lives while serving our country. Thanks again to these brave young men and women, and thanks to you, Greg, for writing such a great song. You wrote it, I sang it. I feel great. Talk to you soon.
Eddie Money performing May 27 at DTE w/ special guest Greg Stryker
A conversation with Eddie Money is kind of like riding a bronco. You don‚Äôt know what‚Äôs going to happen, you just hold on and go along for the ride. Money cracks jokes, bursts into song and gives an inside look into the wild journey that has been his life.
He broke into the mainstream in 1977 with his self-titled debut album which included two of his classic hits, ‚ÄúBaby Hold On‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúTwo Tickets to Paradise.‚ÄĚ Subsequent singles like ‚ÄúThink I‚Äôm in Love,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúTake Me Home Tonight‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúI Wanna Go Back‚ÄĚ followed and have remained on the radio for more than 20 years.
However, it‚Äôs Money‚Äôs newest single, ‚ÄúOne More Soldier Coming Home,‚ÄĚ that the musician wants to talk about most.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been on the road since forever, but the last two or three years, I‚Äôm meeting all these parents with kids in Afghanistan or Iraq and meeting a lot of soldiers who got back from Afghanistan,‚ÄĚ Money said from his parents-in-law‚Äôs house in Nashville. ‚ÄúI really felt like it was time for me to go out and do something for the troops. I just want to make sure that the whole world is aware of the fact that we still have men and women fighting and serving our country proudly.‚ÄĚ
The heartrending tune, penned by Money‚Äôs friend Greg Stryker, is about a soldier who dies while serving overseas. The song is available on eddiemoney.com and iTunes.
‚ÄúThe proceeds that we‚Äôre going to make off the single, I want to donate a lot of the money to the widows and widowers,‚ÄĚ Money shared.
Fans will be able to hear the song, along with many of Money‚Äôs hits, when the singer/songwriter/saxophonist performs at Penn‚Äôs Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday, Nov. 19.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm getting ready to put a new record out within the next year or two,‚ÄĚ said Money, whose most recent album came out in 2007. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve got some great songs ‚ÄĒ I‚Äôm going to use a lot of songs from the play,‚ÄĚ he added, referring to ‚ÄúTwo Tickets to Paradise,‚ÄĚ the autobiographical play he staged in June 2009 at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center on Long Island, New York. ‚ÄúThe play went over fantastically.‚ÄĚ
Money is joined on tour by his daughter, Jesse, who takes over the Ronnie Spector part of ‚ÄúTake Me Home Tonight.‚ÄĚ Money had some anxiety having Jesse follow in his footsteps.
‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt really want my daughter to get in the business, to tell you the truth,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúBut ever since she‚Äôd come out with a cup of water for her daddy on stage, she likes the applause. I wouldn‚Äôt really let her out, but she really has an incredible voice, and I‚Äôm not just saying that because she‚Äôs my daughter. She‚Äôs really writing really great material, she‚Äôs struggling like I guess any 22-year-old would struggle, you know? We all go through that, it‚Äôs all a question of finding ourselves.‚ÄĚ
Before he became a musician, Money was a police officer like his father before him. He left the force a few years later to move to Berkeley, Calif., to pursue music.
‚ÄúMy father was patrolman of the year, and he never forgave me for that,‚ÄĚ Money said. ‚ÄúI did ‚ÄėSaturday Night Live,‚Äô I played Madison Square Garden ‚Ä¶ My mother never forgave me for not finishing college, my father never forgave me for quitting the police department. They‚Äôre very Irish-Catholic parents ‚ÄĒ their guilt is part of my therapy,‚ÄĚ he added, laughing.
Money, who was born Edward Mahoney in 1949, became a regular musician at local clubs in Berkeley and soon changed his last name.
‚ÄúI was on food stamps and selling pot and trying to finish school and all kinds of bullshit,‚ÄĚ he began, ‚Äúand I had no money at all. People said to me, ‚ÄėThat‚Äôs a real laugh,‚Äô and I‚Äôm like, ‚ÄėWhat‚Äôs a real laugh?‚Äô And they said, ‚ÄėTake the ‚Äėa‚Äô and the ‚Äėh‚Äô out of your name and your name spells money.‚Äô And I said, ‚ÄėI‚Äôve got no money, let‚Äôs go with Eddie Money!‚Äô
‚ÄúWe just came up with the name, and it stuck.‚ÄĚ
With more than a dozen songs that broke the Billboard Top 100 in his 30-plus year career, Money is hard-pressed to pick one song of his he loves.
‚ÄúI love all the songs that people love,‚ÄĚ he replied. ‚ÄúPeople said to me, ‚ÄėWhen are you going to get in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?‚Äô I said, ‚ÄėWhen people like Styx, REO Speedwagon, Peter Frampton ‚Ä¶ There‚Äôs a lot of people that should get in before me.‚Äô
‚ÄúWhen am I going to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? When I‚Äôm an urn on my wife‚Äôs fireplace,‚ÄĚ he joked. ‚ÄúBut you know what? I‚Äôm in the (Long Island Music) Hall of Fame with Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Kiss, Leslie West ‚ÄĒ I‚Äôm from Long Island, I‚Äôm very happy. If you‚Äôre a hit in your own backyard, where else ya gonna go?‚ÄĚ