Pink Floyd's Roger Waters opens up about project with wounded veterans

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Roger Waters calls to an assistant and in his enchantingly polite English lilt requests a glass of wine. Specifically, he wants a glass of "cheap" white wine. "Since my work is now done," he said.

Waters is seated in a small soundproof room here atOmega Studios where moments prior he concluded a nearly eight-hour rehearsal with his long-time collaborator G.E. Smith and an ensemble of 11 American combat veterans, all of whom were catastrophically injured during a conflict now entering its 15th year. It's "an honest day's work," Waters added. "It's hard work. Everybody out there is concentrating all of the time. It's very rewarding work, but it's quite hard."

Beside him is Arthur Bloom, a fellow composer who eight years ago created MusiCorps. The non-profit partners wounded troops recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with world-renowned performers such as Waters, a singer-songwriter who co-founded the enormously popular rock band Pink Floyd in the 1960s. It's a novel program that leverages
music not as therapy but to help promote a return to normalcy.

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