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Songwriter Phil Lang '04 (right) plays "Stands Still" for Vietnam veteran Bill
DeWitt in the first episode of Bamm.tv's "This One's For You."

11.11.13 – Phil Lang ’04 wondered what would happen when the subject of a song comes face-to-face with the songwriter.

He explores that possibility – and records the results – in his new series of short documentaries on Bamm.tv called “This One’s For You.” In the first episode, Lang plays a song about combat, called "Stands Still," for a Vietnam veteran, substance abuse and family therapist Bill DeWitt. The video was shot at the Albany Memorial Building in Albany, Calif.

Lang said his song “serves as a doorway into an unflinching conversation covering Bill DeWitt's harrowing experience in Vietnam, his observations of the long-term effects of war on veterans, and how the culpability of war is becoming more distant to the civilian public.”

Each video in “This One’s For You” will work this way: Artists first give a musical performance to an audience of one – a person who has inspired the song in some way. A conversation follows, with both sides sharing reactions and personal experience with either the song or the topics the song addresses.

“There is a rare, blunt honesty to this program that makes it hard to look away,” Lang said.

Viewers can follow the series on the indie music website Bamm.tv, where Lang is vice president of programming. Bamm.tv curates, produces and distributes HD music video content of emerging bands. The company has filmed at festivals like South by Southwest, at other live music venues and in its production studio in San Francisco.

Lang majored in English and secondary education at Augustana.

Watch the video
on Bamm.tv's YouTube channel.