Al Grund (aka The Would Man) is a talented writer, composer, and musician who has recently released a new CD of original Civil War-related songs he wrote, produced, arranged, and performed. Unlike many Civil War buffs (and artists), his work is non-partisan and apolitical, and is meant to “visit the hearts and minds of people from the common soldier to the elite general.” The lyrics in Two Soldiers: Reflections on the War Between the States capture the mood and attitude of the period and evoke a variety of emotions and feelings as the war symbolically progresses through the eight songs from the beginning of the war to its close.
Alternating styles from blues, rock, and folk music, Grund masterfully paints a vivid word and musical picture of the Civil War and its combatants and civilians. His guitar work is superb, and his harmonica playing is really quite good. The disk is available on CD Baby, as well as from other on-line vendors for about $11.95, a very price considering the quality of work.
From a wargamer’s perspective, this is great music to stick into the CD while painting or modelling terrain for your wargaming session. Living near Gettysburg, I plan to listen to this one while riding around the battlefield, as it evokes some interesting perspectives on what might have been.
Well done, Would Man, well done!