it came out in song. I just kept writing and
sooner than later we had an entire album’s
worth of music I wanted to record.
It took a while to organize between
jazz gigs and what not. I even put out
another record during that time. Then
the time came when I wanted to, instead
of seasonally performing music from this
project, make a record…to get this project
out there and expand this conversation. At
every event, the more music that we would
perform, the more impact we were seeing.
It was so inspiring to watch civilians and
veterans abuzz about what they just saw!
We did a big Kickstarter campaign to raise
the budget to make the record. We set
out to raise just over $65,000 in 30 days
and didn’t know if we would make it. Three
days before the deadline, we were only
at 50 percent, but the last couple of days
we really saw a surge and raised almost
$70,000 to push this project. That way we
were able to take a step back and really
focus on the songs and the music. We
got some great players in, and we made
the record. We are heading towards the
release of the single in October 2017, the
full album release on Veterans Day, and the
release concert on Nov. 6.
IHM: Where did you find inspiration for the
content of this album?
MG: All of the original songs on this album
were all inspired by conversations I had,
interviews I was able to conduct, some
stories I read or even 60-minute interviews
I saw while doing my research. I wanted to
stay true and as realistic as possible. There
are some that are more imaginative to help
tell the story, but that was always the guide
for me. Am I telling this story? Am I staying
true to this perspective and in most cases
real-life events? There are a few covers on
there as well.
IHM: Were these songs based on stories
heard from any specific individuals or were
they an amalgamation of ideas?
MG: Actually, both. There is one song
where I was having an e-mail exchange
with a family member of a veteran, a
grandmother, and her son was deployed.
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While she was in her car with her
granddaughter, driving past an American
flag, the 4-year-old girl, basically in her
own words, said “That’s Dad!” It was
described to me with such hopefulness
and pride, of course combined with the
innocence of a child.
That really struck a chord in me and not just
because I don’t come from a military family.
I had a grandfather and a great uncle who
served; but it was just something you did.
It wasn’t something that was made a huge
deal over, at least not while growing up. So
I always felt that there was this disconnect.
I didn’t understand why I didn’t know the
experience, and I didn’t know how to cross
over that bridge.
So when I heard this story and thought
about my childhood, I knew I had to write a
song. That’s the second song on the album
and it’s called, “That’s My Dad.” It basically
lays out the difference between growing up
when I was a kid and kids growing up now.
“Carry You On” is a diverse and refreshing
take on the genre of patriotic albums.
It really tells a story and drives home
the mission statement of bridging the
disconnect between civilians and veterans.
A CD release concert at the Cutting Room
in New York on Monday, Nov. 6 at 9:30
p.m. is scheduled and free to all veterans.
Fifty percent of all physical album sales
will be donated to IAVA.org (Iraq and
Afghanistan Veterans of America). IAVA is
considered the modern-day veterans group
for the current generation, with more than
400,000 members worldwide. Even the
T-shirts and hats were made by Oscar Mike,
an American-made and veteran-owned
apparel company. One hundred percent
of all donations, and the proceeds from
their apparel sales, go to help rehabilitate
Make sure to use #BridgeTheGap to
help spread and follow the movement
Goldhaber has started with this project.
The full album is set to released on
Veterans Day, Nov. 10, 2017, and will be
available in stores, on iTunes and through
Marcus’s website at marcusgoldhaber.com