Scottish Highlanders of TJ's generation were steeped in the stories, music and poetry of their ancestors. Beowulf, the Icelandic Sagas and Ivanhoe were all well-known to TJ, as were the stories of the Tomnahurich Fairies, Queen Beira of the Winter, Fingal, and Brude, King of the Picts. Over countless generations, these stories were told around winter hearths through poems and songs.
TJ's War references the following four pieces of music;
Gradh Geal Mo Ghridh, from his home in the Highlands.
Glen Miller's Chattanooga Choo Choo, ever present while working in New York.
Twa Corbies - he would sing this to his children with tears in his eyes.
I believe When We Were at War is close to what he heard from the Cossacks as he led them through the mountains of Italy.