Special Post: Local Musicians Ban Together to assist Victims of Hurricane Irene

Credit: Don Melts, Yael Manor, Tri-State Weather, Anne McInnis

Something kind of amazing came to my attention last night, so I’m sharing it with you. I’m hoping that you, in turn, will share the information with the people you know and love. One voice can make a difference, please don’t wait to use yours.

Everyone in New York knows firsthand the devastating effect Hurricane Irene had on so many communities, especially in the upstate counties. Entire towns have been completely wiped out. It’s hard to process the images coming out of places like Schoharie County without having your heart squeeze. One storm has managed to devastate so many local businesses and homes, it’s surreal in the worst way.

In one Lower Hudson Valley town — in the beautiful black dirt region — a farmer said it’s harvesting season and with the land under water, he’s lost about $400,000 in crops alone. That’s not including damage sustained to the farm, or the six-figure farm equipment. He’s not sure the business can survive in Irene’s aftermath.

That is just one story out of thousands. Some damages include bridges, highways, secondary roads, train tracks, hundreds of drowned livestock, and all of the homes and businesses filled with water and mud along the way. To make matters worse, most people don’t have flood insurance because this part of the country is not usually subject to flooding.


You may be thinking, “What can I do to assist the people hardest hit in such strained economic times?”

That’s easy.

A group of NYC-based musicians are joining forces and lending their voices to a compilation album. It’s titled, “After the Flood: a Compilation to Benefit Upstate New York Victims of Hurricane Irene.”It will be available as a digital-only release starting September 2nd. That’s TOMORROW!

All of the proceeds will go directly to the Northeast New York State Chapter of the Red Cross, earmarked towards the flood relief and the Schoharie County Community Program.

The album will contain over thirty tracks downloadable in the format of your choice, along with a detailed PDF booklet with information on each artist. Most of them have been featured in this column already, so you’re guaranteed to love it.

Here is the current lineup of the artists who have generously donated a track to the compilation: (Please note this reflects the lineup when this article went to press. More may be included.)

Abby Ahmad

Bri Arden

Chris Ayer

Barnaby Bright

Lelia Broussard

Josh Dion

Bryan Dunn

Lara Ewen

Kailin Garrity

Shira Goldberg

Caleb Hawley

Greg Holden

Nick Howard

Zach Hurd

Wes Hutchinson

Mighty Kate

Sierra Noble

Joyous Noise

Charlene Kaye

Will Knox

Allie Moss

Abby Payne

Rachel Platten

Chrissi Poland

Martin Rivas

Jessi Robertson

Bess Rogers

Amber Rubarth

Jesse Ruben

John Schmitt

Casey Shea

Allison Weiss

Alexa Wilkinson

Emily Zuzik

They’ve shared their voices, now it’s time to do your part. New Yorkers are an amazing group of people, and in times like these — I’m even more proud to be one. Do what we do best in times of crisis, and help your neighbor out. Buy the album on Friday, then tell all of your friends and family to do the same.

**Please note: the album will be available on Friday (TOMORROW), so if you click on the link today don’t panic if you don’t see the tracks.**

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” – Buddha

Credit: Don Melts, Yael Manor, Tri-State Weather, Anne McInnis

Credit: Don Melts, Yael Manor, Tri-State Weather, Anne McInnis

Credit: Don Melts, Yael Manor, Tri-State Weather, Anne McInnis

Oceans and streams and crits for water

Photo credit mycharitywater.org

When people reach out to do good for others, it warms my freaking little heart like you wouldn’t believe. Therefore, I want to share with you something I’m seriously crushing on. There are only a few days left of the crits for water fundraising campaign, so don’t wait to check it out. Agent critiques, Author critiques, and so much more.

Here’s some information taken from The Flighty Temptress Blog: 

charity: water is a non-profit that is dedicated to bringing clean water to the estimated 1 billion people on earth who do not have access to it.  My favorite part about charity: water, is that all donations go directly towards the field, that is: building wells, sanitation projects, good hygiene, etc.  They are a very transparent charity, one of the most transparent in the world.

Find out more information about the founding of charity water here. It’s really inspirational.

To date (December 30, 2010) charity: water has built/funded nearly 4000 water projects around the world, though mostly in Africa.  They have helped more than 1.7 million people avoid water-borne diseases and develop good hygiene practices.

There are three more awesome chances for crits left!!! (not to mention the awesome Kat Brauer also does Kat-crits, but only until the 30th!)

Here’s the current auction on her blog: The roctastickness that is Agent Savant, Laurie McLean, is offering a THREE chapter and TWO page synopsis critique via AUCTION for Crits for Water. This can be from the following genres: adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, thriller, mystery, horror, science fiction) or young adult (teen). The auction starts now and will end at 11:59pm on June 24, Eastern Time.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE AUCTION AND HER SUPER FAB SITE!!! The caps were necessary, because I’m super excited. Go donate whatever you can for such an awesome cause. Happy weekend!!! <3333333

Anyone live around Tampa?

I’m so sorry that there haven’t been any posts this week. I had to travel to Florida and there’s been no down time. However, if you live in or around the Tampa area (more specifically Spring Hill) I’ll be helping out at ‘My Favorite Cafe’ from 9-3pm tomorrow.

The money that’s raised will be donated to charity and there will be plenty of fun things to do. So if you’re in the area, stop in and say hi!

Blog posts along with a wonderful Guest Post will resume towards the end of next week, when I’m back home in New York.

Looking forward to seeing some of you out and about!

Here’s the address:

My Favorite Cafe

5175 Mariner Boulevard

Spring Hill, FL 34609-1834

(352) 686-4444