Top 30 Soldier Songs: #28 – “18 Video Tapes” by Jason Meadows
Meadows came into the spotlight as a former Nashville Star contestant and has sense then had the same luck as your typical alumni for the show. He has all but fallen off the map but before he lost is small amount of steam he released what is probably the best song in his arsenal, a ballad that approaches the power of a lost father from a very unique angle.
The song begins with a boy asking his mother where his dad is, thus bringing her to a moment she has been waiting for for a while. She brings him to a closet and reveals to him a box of 18 video tapes that his dad had recorded in case he dies, as it is revealed he dies before his son could remember him. These video tapes become a tradition for the boy as he and his mom view one a year. The significant thing about these tapes is that each one is meant to have the father teach a life lesson to his young son that are typical father/son experiences he can no longer teach him face to face.
Although this song never actually mentions war or soldiers in it, the video is dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives overseas. With an open mind one could even see the father, who died as a result of an illness or an injury, as a soldier who came face to face with the consequences of serving his country. This song was so touching and so important for war families and soldiers alike when tackling the concept of personal emotion and family ties for our men at arms that it earned Jason his one an only award nomination for the 2008 CMT Music Awards Inspirational Video Of The Year.