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An invitation to do a good (musical) deed

December 17th, 2008

Last year, I met a fellow named Lucas.

Lucas has been in Afghanistan since the summer, with the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team — working on public affairs on the civilian side. His jovial mug:

Lucas posted the following note on facebook yesterday:
Camp Nathan Smith is, in many ways, similar to a medium security prison.

We leave when permitted by the front gate. We have tall walls that prevent us from seeing the outside world. We get one TV channel, chosen by someone else, 10 000 kilometres away. The food’s good — great even — but it’s more cafeteria than restaurant.

But more than turkey or wine, what I really want for Christmas is a new mix tape.

See, it doesn’t matter how big your iPod or hard drive is, after 7 months in Kandahar, you’ve heard every playlist that you can dream up at least 49 times. Over and over, and over again.

If I hear my “favourite song” from 2003 one more time, I’m going to launch my iPod Touch out the window. My office mates may send me in the same direction.

A few nights ago, we resorted to singing Queensryche’s “Silent Lucidity” because no one could find a copy on their computer. We proudly jammed along with our air guitars. (YouTube is hit and miss out here because bandwidth is such a high priced commodity.)

So, here’s our public call for direct ways that Canadians can support Canada’s mission to Afghanistan: send us your best mix CDs. Winners will be chosen by a panel of highly biased members of Canada’s Provincial Reconstruction Team – including members of Canada’s Military, development officers, diplomats, civilian police officers, and corrections officials. Original scores are strongly encouraged.

Entries can be sent to:
Public Affairs, KPRT
CFPO 5005 Stn Force
Belleville, ON
K8N 5W6
Canada

And, because Canada Post is so wonderful, it will actually cost nothing to send this – just drop by a Canada Post office and tell them the package is going to Afghanistan.

Cheers!
Lucas

This struck me pretty hard, as I read this from the comfort of my cushy chair in my home office…

So I plan on whacking together a couple of cd’s full of foot-tappin’ MP3’s (SO many more songs that way!) to send over to Lucas and his buddies. It’s only a small gesture, but if some of those tunes can be uplifting or funny or even just a break from the same-old-same-old for someone over there, why not?

And I invite you to do the same, if you’re so inclined — put together some tunes for someone who’s in a much tougher place than we all are, and who’ll be spending holidays there instead of with their families.

And/or feel free to suggest any rockin’ songs here that Lucas and his buddies could do a singalong / play air guitar to — I’ll send Lucas this post so he can see your suggestions and notes.

Thanks for taking the time to read my spiel. I actually don’t really know Lucas all that well — having met him only once when he came with a mutual friend to one of my t-shirt drop-ins. But what I know, I’m pretty impressed by. And ‘tis the season, after all!

p.s. cool site too: www.lucasrobinson.ca

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