“I was a kid from Coney Island, Atlantic Beach and Far Rockaway,” says Rex Foundation co-founder and board member Mickey Hart. So it’s no surprise he’s come up with a way to get some great tunes and support the victims of Hurricane Sandy, starting with the new Mickey Hard Band song “Jersey Shore.”
“The Shore was the totem, the centerpiece, a physical representation of community spirit for many generations,” he recalls. “My inspiration for this song began when I saw Brian Williams on the NBC Evening News. Brian showed distress clearly in his eyes and voice. It was a deep loss, not just property, but so much more. Jon Bon Jovi was with Brian, telling the story of personal loss of his sense of place growing up, losing his most precious places, now only memories—powerful, moving words.
“After the broadcast, it was birthing time. The song was born in five minutes. It is a tribute to the people and to the place we call The Jersey Shore. It’s a song of victory over adversity. A song of hardship, of hope, tears, and smiles–but above all survival. It’s time to rebuild what we’ve lost. Let’s bring back the beauty. Your help is needed now, more than ever. Please give what you can.”
All the proceeds of “Jersey Shore” will go to Clean Ocean Action, who have organized over 3,800 volunteers since November 2012 on projects including beach sweeps, toy drives for children displaced by Sandy, home and business cleanups, and “memorabilia” cleanups, finding and cataloging items that may be highly significant so people can find them via the local police department. To become a volunteer with Clean Ocean Action, go to http://fortheshore.org/.