SADDENED by his dad’s departure for deployment to Afghanistan with the army, 15-year-old Lewis Mackenzie wrote a song to express his feelings.
And now, having welcomed his father Neil home safe and well, the talented youngster, of Illustrious Road, Stubbington, is to release the tune to raise money for Help for Heroes.
Lewis recorded his song, Soldier’s Eyes, in a private studio and plans to sell copies of the CD in aid of the forces charity.
It was inspired by the pain he felt when he said goodbye to his army surgeon dad for a two-month deployment.
Lewis said: ‘I felt so sad that my dad wasn’t around and I was worried about what might happen to him out in Afghanistan.
‘It’s a dangerous place and there was a real possibility he might not come back.
‘It’s hard to know what it feels like to have a loved one in a place like that unless you’ve been through it, but it hurts in the heart.’
He continued: ‘I wrote it all down as a way of dealing with my feelings but it was hard to put what I was going through into words.
‘Especially because I hadn’t talked about it before then.’
On his return, Lewis sang the song to Neil, who has been in the Royal Army Medical Corps for more than 25 years and works as a facial trauma surgeon at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, while based at home.
Neil, 46, also of Illustrious Road, said: ‘It was quite emotional when Lewis sat down and played the song to me.
‘I knew he missed me because he said that on the phone, but it was unusual for him to tell me just how much and in the way that he did.
‘Teenage boys don’t talk about their feelings so I guess this was a way for him to express himself.
‘I’m proud of him, he’s a very good musician.’
Lewis performed the song at Portsmouth Music Festival and judges were so impressed they awarded him best original song in the guitar section.
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