As the story goes with most natural disasters, it's too easy to forget about the destruction, especially when you may be on the opposite side of the world. In the wake of the various tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes that have taken a toll on Mother Earth, celebrities always pull through with some sort of reaction. Whether it's a concert or dedication, Hurricane Sandy sought relief after an array of benefits, such as the 12.12.12 concert back in December. Although the hurricane is no longer in the headlines, New Jersey, New York, and many other places are still suffering Sandy's wrath.
Which is why we can be especially grateful for Mr. Mickey Hart, former drummer of the Grateful Dead.
Long Island native Mickey Hart recalls vacations to the nearby shore as a child. Growing up, he witnessed the sanctuary that is the Jersey shore, a place homeowners can't call home anymore. From the boardwalks to the rides, the restaurants to the hotels, native New Jerseyians lost much more than their homes. Left with nothing but memories, Hart wrote a song in the wake of the madness appropriately named "Jersey Shore."
Crystal Monee Hall, the magnificent lead vocalist for the Mickey Hart band, dazzles on this track. "Live your life where you feel free." With a blues infused, lackadaisical fleeting rhythm, the song is nothing short of a beautiful tribute.
Although just released a few short days ago, Hart actually wrote it right after Sandy occurred. So why the wait? He noted how people forget, so releasing it now would be a reminder: the volunteers are still out there, there are still people without homes or jobs.
All proceeds of the track will benefit Clean Ocean Action, the organization that is still rebuilding the beloved shore. Available for download here
, you will find the new track, some songs from Hart's Mysterium Tremendum
, and a full live recording of the Mickey Hart Band performing and the prestigious Stone Pony in Asbury Park from August 17, 2012.