As you may be aware, Hurricane Irene cut a pretty good swath of devastation through the area in which I reside – the Hudson Valley of New York.  While Irene is nothing but a memory for some, others are still dealing with the aftermath.

It’s estimated that millions of dollars in damages occurred to the towns of the region such as Phoenicia, Prattsville, Windham, Fleishmans, Shandaken, Arkville and New Windsor, for example, wiping out large portions of those towns in some cases. The destruction from floods and gale force winds to roads, bridges, electrical structures, buildings and farmlands in the Hudson Valley area could take years to recover from.

Machan Taylor, a kickass vocalist and artist from the area, has spearheaded The Hudson Valley Artists Hurricane Relief Project – which has brought some amazing artists together in a musical compilation to help provide relief to the area.  I was honored to donate a track to the project – a special remaster of  “Something to Believe”.

Artists include Amy Helm, Bruce Katz, David Kraai, David Malachowski, Jay Collins, Karl Allweier, Kevin Bartlett, Lorenza Ponce, Machan, Marc Black, Marco Benevento, Medeski Martin & Wood, Mr. Rusty, Neel Murgai, Peggy Atwood, Pete Levin, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, Roswell Rudd, The Compact, The Wood Brothers, Tracy Bonham, WeMustBe and myself.  (I feel very fortunate to find myself in such good company!)

If you have the means, please help rebuild our communities by visiting the project’s website and buying this awesome compilation.

Love to all…

M.

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