Lisa Nemzo Writes “Anthem for Our Generation”


Lisa Nemzo Writes “Anthem for Our Generation,” Inspired by True Story of a Fallen Hero

The songwriter’s stirring “Arlington” addresses the plight of fallen and injured soldiers

 

Lisa Nemzo perf
Nashville,
TN (April 24, 2012) – “We need to take care of our heroes and the
families of the fallen,” said hit songwriter Lisa Nemzo, who transformed
her sorrow for the plight of American servicemen and women into action
by writing and recording a stunning song in their honor, “Arlington.”
Nemzo,
long beloved as one of Los Angeles’ most revered singer-songwriters as
well as an accomplished producer, is shining a light on an aspect of
American life often kept hidden: the tragedy of the military returning
from war injured and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD), something Nemzo has experienced herself.
Nemzo’s Dream Wild Productions has produced a music video to accompany the song, directed by Mary Ann Skweres, designed to encourage donations to two organizations of Nemzo’s choosing that serve the military and their families: The Global Stress Initiative and The David Lynch Foundation’s Operation Warrior Wellness.                     
Co-written
with the late poet Artie Colatrella, “Arlington” is a remarkable song
for many reasons, not the least of which is that it portrays the genuine
aftermath of war, and the real and lasting impact it leaves on the
lives of so many. It shows us both the American families forced to
endure the loss of their sons and daughters sent overseas to defend our
country, and also the vets who return to this country injured both
physically and psychologically by war, suffering from symptoms of PTSD.
“Post
Traumatic Stress is no joke,” said Nemzo. “I suffered from night
terrors and a myriad of other symptoms for 25 years after a childhood
traumatic accident. Learning to meditate and having music was my only
relief–otherwise I’d be in jail or dead. It is a very real, tragic
problem. Eighteen servicemen commit suicide every day after returning
home. Something needs to be done.”
The
music video of “Arlington” is garnering much attention and praise,
winning the Best Merit Award 2012 for Best Music Video at the Accolade
Film Festival in La Jolla, California.
Inspired
by the real life story of Private First Class Michael Arciola who died
in Iraq on February 5, 2005, it takes the viewer on a visual and
auditory journey, as Arciola’s mother, played poignantly by Nemzo, takes
the long trek from her home to Arlington National Cemetery.
ABOUT LISA NEMZO:
Originally
from Newport, RI, Lisa Nemzo is known as a musician’s musician and for
her show-stopping, over-the-neck harmonic 12-string guitar solos. Nemzo
recorded three albums for Polygram/Metronome and five independent
released CDs all of her own material, and has written countless hits,
including
“Walking
on Ice,” “I Don’t Wanna’ Fool With Love,” “Hard for a Girl Like
Me”(Europe) and “Hot Summer Nights,” all of which she recorded. “Stayin’
With It,” written by Tom Snow, was a hit duet with Rick
Roberts/Firefall, and a duet, “Feel The Night” with Baxter Robertson,
featured in Karate Kid. Lisa has also written several songs that have
been hits for other artists, including “Stone Mason” for Harvey Mason
and Lee Ritenour, as well as “Short Cut” for Tanya Tucker. “Restless
Soul,” the title song of her album of the same name, was featured on the
Volume 8 Fast Folk CD and was entered into the Smithsonian Institute
representing the best of folk music from the 1990s. 
Her
most recent album is the critically-acclaimed Unlock My Heart (Dream
Wild Records), a renaissance of romantically-edged tunes sparked by
Nemzo’s enduring and infectious melodicism. The lead single and video
“Reach” won Best Environmental Music Video of 2009 from Green Screen
Environmental Film Festival & Salon. She has toured with a
succession of legends, including Bonnie Raitt, Heart, Ray Charles, Hall
and Oates, Cliff Richards, David Crosby, Joe Cocker, Christopher Cross
and Firefall. Recently she produced the much heralded Bitter & Sweet
CD for Marc & The Plattitudes.
Additional “Arlington” Audio & Video Links: 

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