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Soul Track Mind’s ‘Remember Me’ project to honor military families

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 3, 2014

“Didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I make you proud of me?/Didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I make you believe?/If I, If I, If I should fall asleep tomorrow/will you, will you, will you remember me?”

When Donovan Keith, singer for local rock ‘n’ soul band Soul Track Mind wrote the wrenching chorus for “Remember Me,” a track released on the band’s self-titled 2013 record, he wasn’t thinking about veterans. He was trying to put expression to the universal experience of feeling unappreciated, forgotten. The tip off to the song’s special resonance with military families came from Keith’s aunt Pat Brasel. Boasting about her nephew’s band to friends on the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, a military installment near her hometown, she played the CD for anyone who would listen. “Remember Me” was the song everyone remarked on. Soon Brasel was requesting copies of the album to send in care packages to active duty troops serving abroad. The band sent 100 CDs.

Meanwhile Soul Track Mind crossed paths with independent filmmaker Chris Sibley who was working on a documentary about Viva Big Bend, a music festival the band played last year. When Sibley heard the song “Remember Me” he immediately thought about veterans, specifically his own grandfather, a volunteer pilot who passed away delivering leaflets during World War II. The idea of filming a music video with a fictionalized story about veterans evolved and soon Sibley and the band began working to collect true stories from military families.

Now the band was teamed with nonprofit organization Military with PTSD to develop a crowd-sourced tribute project around the song. Sibley and the band are taking submissions of photos, stories and video clips to create a video and web page honoring those who have served. The scheduled release date for the video is Memorial Day and the band is putting together a concert to coincide with the release. More details and information on how veterans, active duty military and their familes can submit photos and stories is available on the band’s website. The deadline for submissions in April 13.