Hans Christian Anderson says, “Music speaks where words fail.” This couldn’t be truer for Jason Moon’s music. It gives a profound voice to the countless warriors who don’t have the words to even begin to express the seemingly inexpressible wounds of war. As a psychotherapist who works with returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, I am daily witness to the heart-wrenching effects of war on individuals, families, and the community. And as someone that has met Jason and experienced his music live, I’ve seen firsthand the impact that his music has on the souls of other combat veterans. As he articulates his pain, he is articulating theirs. As he chronicles his journey of struggle and healing, he is chronicling theirs. As he accesses hope, he is helping them to do the same. Jason’s gutsy songs are sometimes humorous, sometimes weighty, and always poignant. The more that his music is shared with our returning warriors, the more they will see they are not alone and that healing is possible. And the more that his music is shared with our community as a whole, the better we will be able to help our warriors to truly come home.
Carolyn C. W. Brown, MSW, LCSW Asheville, NC