Perhaps serving in Kosovo as a captain in the British Army gave him perspective. His song, “No Bravery” reflects the pain and misery he experienced in Kosovo, and the lyrics of this song touch the hearts and souls of veterans world-wide. Vietnam Veteran, John Fowler says, “For those who have faced the ravages of combat and who have truly experienced the cruelty of mankind, “No Bravery” expresses the devastation imprinted forever on their very being. His words create an understanding that there are those who know and appreciate their sacrifice.”
During his North American tour for “Some Kind of Trouble,” Blunt raised over $13,000 for Doctors Without Borders by auctioning “Meet and Greets” with him after his concerts. Doctors Without Borders is a charity that holds a special place in Blunt’s heart. While in Kosovo, Blunt witnessed their work firsthand and was amazed at the impact they had on those who needed them most.
Many of Blunt’s other songs tackle difficult topics and eloquently express the harder emotions that each and every one of us will feel at some point in our lifetime. “Goodbye My Lover” on the “Back To Bedlam” album, describes the hollow, empty pain you feel at the close of a relationship and has been frequently used at funerals. “Carry You Home” on Blunt’s second album, “All the Lost Souls” also deals with untimely death and the sorrow experienced with it.
Rhetorical lyrics such as “Is a poor man rich in solitude, or will Mother Earth complain? Did the beggar pray for a sunny day, but Lady Luck for rain?” in Blunt’s song “I Really Want You” and the images of homeless people in his new video “I’ll Be Your Man” are also small reminders of the stark realities of life. Stepping beyond words, Blunt recently signed a guitar that was auctioned in support of Crisis, a charity dedicated to ending homelessness and important services in education, employment, housing and health in the United Kingdom.
It is no surprise that a guitar signed by James Blunt is currently on raffle in the United Kingdom and Eire for “Support Your Bowel” a cause for the Bowel Cancer Society at www.supportyourbowel.com.
James Blunt has made a tremendous impact on people worldwide. Not only has his introspective songs helped people reflect on the difficult aspects of life and work through their pain, his charitable work contributes the funds needed to help those in immediate need, making his actions and words an immeasurable service to society as a whole.
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Award-winning author of "Let My Colors Out," a children's book published by the American Cancer Society that helps young children express their emotions during a loved one's cancer diagnosis and treatment.