“Wives, children, and grandchildren of every Vietnam veteran should hear these tunes.
Any veteran, on hearing these songs, will say the same thing I did: ‘There it is, man.’ “
~ Charles ‘Doc’ Newcomb (Navy Corpsman, Cinematographer)
“Warspeak is a top-quality CD of rootsy rock, all about being in-country..”
~ Veteran Magazine, 2007
“…. it’s a wonder political opposites Waszkiewicz and Jones got together in the first place. But the music holds up surprisingly well, partly because it was originally intended to sound like … ’60s rock, folk and blues, and partly because, in light of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of its themes still resonate… Waszkiewicz and Jones manage to colorfully evoke a wide variety of moods on this recording….”
~ Mike Joyce (Washington Post)
About Warspeak: the soundtrack….
“Wives, children, and grandchildren of every Vietnam veteran should hear these tunes. Any veteran, on hearing these songs, will say the same thing I did: ‘There it is, man.’ “ ~ Charles ‘Doc’ Newcomb (Navy Corpsman, Cinematographer)
In 1992, Marc tracked me (Lea) down at a songwriters showcase near Seattle. He liked my stuff, and — after a little arm twisting and a lot of beer — convinced me to help him create a soundtrack for his film about Vietnam.
He was a rightie; I was a leftie. Our religious/spiritual leanings were not at all similar (except maybe for that generally sound maxim of treating others as you’d like to be treated)… Those differences never lessened; in fact, they became more exaggerated.
But Marc had promised from the beginning that this project wasn’t going to build up or tear down the actions of the US govt nor of those who served in ‘Nam, nor, for that matter, of those who protested back home.
Our goal was to create music that SOUNDED like the music the guys were listening to In Country in the late 60’s and to simultaneously explore and illustrate day-to-day common experiences on the ground, both in the rear and in the boonies, through the songs’ lyrics and production.
We modeled each song after a specific BIG NAME band’s “sound.” For instance, our song “Truckin’ It” was based on The Stones’ “You Can’t Catch Me,” a fast blues rock shuffle you might call it.
Give the songs a listen on our website (www.vietnaminnerview.com). Most pages have a soundbar “play button” near the top which allows you to listen to one song from the soundtrack. Use headphones or good speakers, fer gosh sakes! See if you can identify our influences (who we were trying to mimic) in the other tunes.. “When I Had You” has two major influences; one is quite obvious for those who remember those classic 60’s hits.
The CD — Warspeak — makes a great gift for your dad or uncle (or granddad) and will be a definite conversation starter. We can also give you a download code for a $5 contribution. Go to www.vietnaminnerview.com/order or /funding, buy something and help us keep the skids greased.
Please listen to this music!! This soundtrack is Marc’s baby; he’s a great composer/arranger/studio engineer. I just wrote and sang the stuff, did the art, etc.. along with our stalwart photo editor Crista Dougherty.