The music icons will appear on the new "Songs for Sandy" compilation along with Ben Folds Five, Dave Stewart, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh and Eric Burdon, among others. The charity compilation aims to raise funds for community-based charities, including Restore Red Hook, Occupy Sandy and Green Ground Zero.
Donating "I've Got a Feeling" to the charity album, McCartney, who was one of the artists who performed at December's 12-12-12 relief benefit concert in New York, says, "In the wake of the devastation it is good to know that so many people are getting together to provide relief for those whom have suffered most."
Starr writes, "I want to thank everyone for what they are doing. This is how Peace & Love works. Well done Green Ground Zero, Occupy Sandy & Restore Red Hook. Peace & Love, Ringo."
Former Eurythmics star Stewart writes, "I have so many friends and workmates still struggling with the aftermath of Sandy, I've seen their photos and heard their stories and it's heartbreaking. I chose to donate my song Just A Matter of Time as it has a chorus affirming that time will heal, but the verses resonate with the loss that has occurred in every way to the victims of Sandy, both personally and as whole communities."
Meanwhile, former Animals frontman Burdon has donated the traditional "Tishomingo Blues" to the project and ELO star Lynne has offered up "a brand new electric version of 'Save Me Now,'" adding, "It's a song I wrote 22 years ago about this very subject -- global warming and the need to listen and be kind to our planet. I wanted to contribute to 'Songs After Sandy' because I feel terrible about what happened, and my heart goes out to all of the people still stuck in it and trying to work through it."
I have been a volunteer hurricane relief worker for many years. I spent 1.5 months in NJ for this last storm. I was shocked to find that most of the towns, counties, or state were not picking up storm debris like normal. If you called the town they would tell you to hire a tree company. that would be okay other than they where charging up to 500 times what a job is worth. ( example. I did a home and it took 2 hrs. The estimate from a contractor was for 5,000,00 ) Insurance companies by and large do not pay for trees that just came down and did not destroy something. The home owners are stuck with overly high prices for removal even though they pay high taxes. Some towns would only pick up debris 6" or smaller.. this in a area where huge red oaks grow every were. It is my understanding that fema would pick up from 75-99% of the cost if the effected areas asked for there help. I hope some of this money being donated actually makes it to the home owners. SHAME ON YOU NJ !!