“From the Heart” is a new and unapologetically old-school CD (shrink-wrap, yo!) on which stars of the Jersey club scene have joined forces for a vital cause.
The CD benefits Steven’s Walk, a charitable organization named for a brave young man called Steven Potter. (My brother Brian, who spearheaded this project, is a Potter family friend.) Steven’s Walk raises funds and awareness in the fight against the insidious disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy. SMA is the leading genetic cause of infant death, and robs sufferers of their mobility and their lives.
Brian produced, recorded and mixed “From the Heart.” The “house band” on the CD has Brian on bass, myself on vocs/guitars/keys and “Jazzy” JohnYoung of Sordid Past on drums. The best part: Brian knows a lot of musicians in the Jersey club scene, and enlisted quite a roster of talent to donate solos and instrumentation to the 14 original songs on “From the Heart.”
Anyone who knows the Jersey Shore and South Jersey club scenes will recognize the names Billy Hector, Matt O’Ree, Reggie Wu, Sim Cain, Ken “Stringbean” Sorensen, Georgie Rumbol, Ron Howden (Nektar, yo!), Ron Tagg, Ron Tortu and Joe DeLuca. In all, 20 musicians graciously contributed.
The CD costs an affordable $10 per, every penny of which goes to Steven’s Walk. (If you order via credit card, there’s a $3.50 mailing-and-credit-card-usage upcharge.)
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We launched the CD at the May 9th Steven’s Walk in Collingswood. (It was the final live event for Steven’s Walk, as Steven prepares to enter college.) It was a beautiful, fun, upbeat event with wonderful people. Honestly. As soon as we pulled up with our boxes and signs, we were besieged by volunteers who said, “Can we help?” I met Steven and some of his friends who are living with SMA. It was edifying. This is one hell of a fight these kids and their families are waging. Their grace and strength is an inspiration. They could use your help.
So get on Vogerland, buy the CD, and know that every penny of your 10 bucks goes to an important cause. Our goal is to raise $10,000 — 10 bucks at a time.
And I wouldn’t lie to you — there is some breathtaking work by these artists. Yes, we’re aware that “nobody does CDs anymore,” but we think of “From the Heart” as a keepsake of the Jersey club scene. The CD comes with a little four-page foldout with liner notes and photos of every artist who contributed. Even the disc itself has photos of the artists. (I designed it, and it looks awesome; I do not suffer from false modesty.)
So like I said: “From the Heart” is a keepsake. Stick it on yer mantle and remember the good old daze.
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