Rebuilding New York

November 12, 2012

For those of you in the tri-state area, I hope that you made it through Hurricane Sandy safely. I was born in New York and I’ve never seen anything like it. Although I lost power, I was able to move up to my mom’s for the week, thus avoiding the agony many of my friends went through trying to find food, warmth, and places to recharge their phones. Unfortunately, two places I love, where I spent some memorable times this past summer, Red Hook, Brooklyn and Far Rockaway, Queens, were of the hardest hit. It’s painful to see the damage that was caused, but I have faith that everything will be rebuilt, and I hope that power and shelter are restored soon to everyone in those areas.

In The Rockaways, where the food situation is dire, there’s a truck giving away great free meals. You can donate to that here. To donate specifically to Red Hook, go here: restoreredhook.org.

In 2001 I released an album called Crooked Lines, with a song called “Rockaway.” I see it as a song about courage in the face of adversity. The lyrics seem appropriate today, and I wanted to share it with you.

The last thing I want to tell you about is that on November 21st at 8pm, the night before Thanksgiving, I’ll play a show with my band (Bill Dobrow, Guilherme Monteiro, Jeff Hill and Maycon Ananias) at Rockwood Music Hall. I’d love to see you there if you can make it!

Best Wishes,
Jesse

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