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'Far From Home,' a track on the new disc, is being made into a special video, with proceeds from its sale benefiting a soon-to-be-named organization that works with service men and women after they've returned home from military duty. The band is inviting fans to contribute videos for inclusion in the project.
"When we wrote the song we were thinking of having to say goodbye to our children when they leave home," the group's Patrick Simmons tells The Boot. "But then we realized it could be a real message for people who have to say goodbye to sons, daughters, husbands and wives who go into the service. We're looking for videos from our fans that portray a bittersweet parting, or a joyful reunion."
Another special aspect of the song is Pat's collaborator on the tune, PJ Heinz. "I've known this guy since he was a teenager," says Pat. "He would always bring me parts of songs, music he was working on, and I'd listen to them. I thought he was talented and I try to encourage people when I see they have potential. Two years ago he showed up at a gig and gave me a CD with a track that had some guitar changes on it I really liked. I listened to it over and over, and finally called him and said, 'Hey, would you mind if I take those changes and see if I can come up with a song?' His answer was, 'Of course, I'd been hoping for years you would do that!'"
Those guitar changes were the beginning of the song 'Far From Home,' and Pat says that since PJ is a fan of the band, the group thought it would be a cool way to involve other Doobies fans in the video project. The videos submitted by fans can focus on everything from a child's first day at school, a daughter getting married, a man or woman's safe return from serving overseas, or a young couple moving to a new town and away from their families.
Fans who wish to participate can visit the official Far From Home project website, where a message from Pat explains how to submit a video for consideration. Special prizes, including copies of the 'World Gone Crazy' CD, autographed posters, t-shirts, and exclusive Doobie Brothers-branded Flip cameras, will be awarded to the videos deemed to be the top 50 among all entrants. The Grand Prize winner will also have the opportunity to be reunited with a loved one at a Doobie Brothers concert.
The Doobie Brothers' 40-year career has produced hits including 'Listen to the Music,' 'Long Train Running' and 'Black Water.' The title track of 'World Gone Crazy' is receiving country radio airplay, and the group recently filmed an official music video in Nashville's legendary Printer's Alley.