You've heard of Operation Iraqi Freedom, but what about "Project I-Rockin Freedom?" It's one local band's effort to encourage troops. "Bodycast," as they call themselves, may have a tough name, but all 4 band members have a soft spot in their hearts for troops, including lead singer Larry Neuhalfen.
"As musicians," said Neuhalfen, "we get to sit over here and play our music and do that kind of thing while those guys are over there fighting."
But it's what soldiers do when they're not fighting that inspired Neuhalfen to start "Project I-Rockin Freedom."
"A lot of these guys have been in Iraq for a year, and they're tired of all the music they have. "So we thought, hey, if you guys want music, we've got music, we'll send you our music."
And music from anyone else who wants to jump on this band wagon. Since the project kicked off, Neuhalfen says 75 bands have donated about 2,000 CDs. Most of them are from Colorado, and all of them want to give soldiers like 1st LT Matthew Bowe, the gift of music.
"we use music for everything," said Bowe. "We use it to get pumped up for work and to relax and kick back. We're pretty much plugged into our MP3 players 24-7."
Neuhalfen says his ultimate goal is to send every soldier in Iraq 5 to 10 CDs, but he knows shipping them won't be cheep. Neuhalfen is counting on sponsors to help fund Project I-Rockin Freedom, but is excited the music willl be free for troops.
"When the get them, I hope they'll be like, 'wow, really? Thank you... what do we owe for this?' The answer is, nothing. You've already paid for it, thank you."
Neuhalfen says Project I-Rockin Freedom is not a compilation CD. If you're a musician and want to contribute music, Neuhalfin says it doesn't matter what genre it is or how many CDs you send, as long as they are good quality recordings. The first music shipment will be sent to Iraq in late March.
For more information on how to donate music or funds, call 719-231-7650. You can also visit www.bodycastband.com