NEW ALBUM release

A new CD album from Traversy/Mack will be released in March 2024. This album contains 4 previously released songs and six new songs.

The CD will be available for sale at Traversy/Mack events and can be downloaded from the P.J. Mack website.

The Message” (Traversy/Mack) was written by a veteran out of concern for our military and their families, in particular those facing personal difficulties and the lack of support that they should be receiving. They deserve our respect, our honour and our gratitude for their service. The message is clear; thank them for their service.

“Stand Up For Our Veterans” (Scotty Gartshore) Originally titled “Stand Up For Our Legions” the lyrics have been changed slightly to reflect the plight of our homeless veterans.

“He Was A Friend Of Mine” is a traditional folk song in which the singer laments the death of a friend. Alan Lomax collected the song in 1939, describing it as a “a dirge for a dead comrade.”
A reworded version was released in 1965, to lament the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Traversy/Mack adapted the words once more to lament the fate of wartime veterans.

“Streets of London” (Ralph McTell) The individual stories are taken from the poor and homeless in different cities throughout Europe, contrasting the common problems of everyday people with those of the homeless, lonely, elderly, ignored and forgotten members of society.

 “Home From The Forest” (Gordon Lightfoot). The forest is a metaphor for the city which the old man has come home from. He was a soldier and a veteran of forgotten wars. The final verse finds the old soldier has died, as for him “dawn will come no more.”

Highway Of Heroes” (The Trews) was inspired by the 2006 death of Captain Nichola Goddard from The Trews’ hometown of Antigonish, NS. Canada’s Highway of Heroes, is the section of the MacDonald-Cartier freeway named to honour those who have sacrificed all in service of country.

“P.T.S.D.”  (Author unknown – music by P.J. Mack) A disorder that develops in people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Fear is a part of the body’s “fight-or-flight” response, which helps us avoid or respond to potential danger. Almost all veterans will have experienced P.T.S.D. to some degree.

“The Eyes Of The City” (John Mellencamp) Original title “The Eyes Of Portland” adapted to once again reflect upon the plight of homeless veterans and homeless people in general. “It takes more than tears and prayers to help the homeless”.

 “The Homeless Soldier” (Traversy/Mack) Considering the sacrifices our veterans have made, there are surely things that we could do to make their lives better. The song is about a young boy who served his country and returned to find neither family nor home. Just one of many who have found themselves homeless and ignored.

“Today I’m Going To Try To Change The World” (Johnny Reid)
If we could all do our own little bit at changing the world, what a difference it would make. It doesn’t have to be the big things that we need to change, it’s the little things that add up to be big.