"Distant Heart" -co

by John Paul McNeil

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**My father, Paul McNeil, a retired Colonel, USMC, passed away on July 4th, 2013. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Semper Fi, Colonel !
As my daughter Erin was videotaping his history just before he died, I heard some new details. He was a Marine in the Pacific in WWII, for 2 1/2 years. (Also a combat vet in Korea and Vietnam). I hadn't realized it was that long. I had heard that Mom wrote him everyday. I thought that was an exaggeration. But I could see as he spoke that it was true. Every day. Even if only a sentence. But everyday. They got mail very late, in big batches. He would open the letters, often dozens at a time. And read the words sent from her Distant Heart to his. That story inspired this song


released May 1, 2007
Thanks for the lovely and heartful female vocal by Meredith Holladay
JP plays and sings the rest
The photo is Mom and Dad at his graduation from UMd in 1942, as a 2nd Lieut. in the Army. He soon joined the Marines.



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John Paul McNeil North Carolina

Beard has a touch of gray, doesn't affect the music ('cept in a good way). I write many styles/genres. I coded 'em to help *
ss /Singer-Songwriter
co /Country
ac /Acoustic-Ac Rock
am /Americana
fo /Folk-Folk Rock
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