Come Together, Right Now…

Hopefully you’ve already dipped into your pocket for people in Puerto Rico, or maybe you’ve helped folks in Houston. If you live in Monmouth County, there’s another cause that needs your contribution, and in return, you’ll hear some amazing stories!

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Project Write Now is delighted to announce this year’s annual fundraiser, “Come Together: A Performance + Party” to be held at the Two River Theater​ on Friday, October 13, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

If you’re local, I hope you’ll come hear a dramatic reading performed by students who will share their incredible writing. Michael Sarin and I will be playing miniature pieces of original music in between readings, something I’m really excited about. We hope the music will give the audience an extra moment to reflect on the the writers’ words, while at the same time evoking something more of the their work, possibly something invisible. (For a beautiful and articulate take on the concept of invisibility in writing, read this, an amazing piece from the August 25th New York Times Book Review by Roger Rosenblatt entitled “The Invisible Forces That Make Writing Work.”)

We’ll start the evening with a cocktail hour featuring music by singer-songwriter Austin Vuolo​. After the performance, the festivities will continue with more music, food, drinks, and lots of conversation and community!

Please join me for this special celebration! You can purchase tickets here.

For more information about Project Write Now, a non-profit dedicated to helping people of all ages become better writers as they gain the confidence, skills, and insight needed to reach their personal, academic, and professional goals, please visit the PWN website.

Thank you!

Light of Day Winterfest 2016

Oh Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us . . .

An aurora in its own way, the music of Gedeon Luke is filled with light. Now that light will benefit people in the very area that Bruce Springsteen made famous with songs like 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) who were adversely affected by the recent storm.

Please take a listen to Gray, over at the iTunes store. Then buy it. All proceeds from the sale of Gray will go directly to helping victims of Sandy.

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Living about ten minutes away from Sea Bright, New Jersey, one of the hardest hit areas, I’ve heard a lot of stories from friends and strangers alike whose homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed in the storm. I knew I’d eventually say something/post something about the storm on Sirenstories, and since Gedeon was one of the first artists featured on this blog, spreading the word about his charitable musical effort makes sense to me. It’s one small thing I can do to help.

Having the gutters blow off our house during Sandy was scary—I slept in my clothes that night, afraid I might have to leave home at any moment. But losing power wasn’t too tough. After Irene we invested in a generator. Irene hit us harder than Sandy, we had a landslide on the cliff in front of our house and almost lost the 1930’s gazebo over the edge. But our home wasn’t really in danger. In other words, I have a lot to be thankful for. We moved the gazebo. We planted things on the hill. We were lucky.

There are so many ways to help people, and if you’re like me, you’ve already contributed somewhere,  maybe to a food pantry, or a fund. But we don’t have to stop there, and getting a copy of Gray is one easy way we can help.

I’m going to get my copy now, see you over on Gedeon’s page at the iTunes store, okay? Thanks.

As of January 2013, the number of businesses along the Jersey Shore that sustained damage from Sandy was up to 19,000. Please support NJ coastal businesses. Thank you.