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Songwriters, veterans collaborate during emotional weekend retreat

Rebekah Layton, left, an Army soldier from Rensselaer, and Stacy Pearsall, right, an Air Force veteran from Charlton, N.C., join Nashville-based songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman and Gary Nicholson as they create a song based upon their life experiences at a SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat at the Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville on August 25, 2013.
Rebekah Layton, left, an Army soldier from Rensselaer, and Stacy Pearsall, right, an Air Force veteran from Charlton, N.C., join Nashville-based songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman and Gary Nicholson as they create a song based upon their life experiences at a SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat at the Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville on August 25, 2013.
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It was lunchtime on the last day of the SongwritingWith: Soldiers retreat, held at the Carey Conference Center in Rensselaerville Aug. 23-25. Rebekah Layton and Beth Nielsen Chapman had been working on their song together for over three hours, and had only managed to come up with the first verse. “I can’t do this in one day. It’s crazy,” Chapman said, after once again moving the capo on her guitar to a new position and ...


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