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Grab your tissues. There’s no way you can get watch students from Newtown, Conn’s Sandy Hook Elementary performing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” without tearing up.
One month after the shooting that claimed 26 lives at the school, 21 current and former students from the school sang the “Wizard Of Oz” classic on “Good Morning America.” Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson accompanied the children ukulele on an arrangement of the song made famous by Hawaiian artist Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.
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The students recorded a version at the Connecticut home of Talking Heads’ Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth over the weekend. That version is on sale at iTunes and Amazon. Proceeds go to the United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Youth Academy. We bet Justin Timberlake wouldn’t mind one bit if “Sandy Hook: Somewhere Over The Rainbow” feat. Ingrid Michaelson knocked his new single, “Suit & Tie” out of the top spot.
Hear it below and go here to download it on iTunes or on Amazon.
While the country continues to grieve over the losses in Newtown, clean-up continues in many of the communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy, including the history oceanside New Jersey town of Sea Bright.
Train has recorded a studio version of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which is now for sale, also at iTunes, with all proceeds going to Sea Bright Rising. The accompanied video shows the devastation wrought by the storm, but also shows that relief efforts are well underway as rebuilding gets underway.
As you may know, Train performed a benefit concert in Sea Bright for residents and first responders in December after seeing a video of the storm’s damage filmed by Train fan/high school student Charlotte Nagy. VH1 broadcast the performance on Christmas Day.
Download “Imagine” here.