Remembering 20 Little Angels

As many of you know, early in January my account got suspended because I was mistaken for spam. After about 4 days Word press finally realized the error and returned my account back to me. At that time I’d posted a blog about someone I consider One Of The Good Guys. Unfortunately it happened right before I posted this particular blog.

In society today, people have been gaining more notoriety from poor behaviors, falls from grace, etc. I, like many of you, have become conditioned to be cynical. So when I hear about a celebrity so moved by a tragedy that he’s compelled to do something to help, I perk up. I take notice.

The cynics are always ready when they hear someone made a song about it…”Sure, real classy… Make money off people’s grief.” There may have been a time or two where I’ve thought similar thoughts about certain books or movies. But again, this one was different. Andy Griggs sat horrified as the events at Sandy Hook Elementary unfolded before our stricken nation. Like all of us he cried. He sent out messages on Facebook and Twitter wondering if anyone knew people in New Town and what he could do to help. Obviously he and a songwriter friend wrote a song, then cut it. Then he made sure that all the proceeds went to United Way in New Town and that he would be completely unable to touch any of those funds. The other day while surfing YouTube he found that someone had taken his song and made a video for it. He loved it and encouraged us all to check it out…

As Valentine’s Day is coming I felt the need to send some love to New Town and the families of those lost… So I’m sharing the video and keeping New Town, Connecticut in my prayers. It was good to see the children of Sandy Hook Chorus singing in the Superbowl…and a great reminder that it’s important to continue to move forward with love and remembrance in our hearts.

One Of The Good Guys

We always hear about the douche bags out there. In fact, it is probably one of the most popular weekly blog posts that Shit Talkin’ Nick’s most popular posts. It’s a sad state of the world today when a person can come up with a douchebag every single week. But, to be fair, he decided to bring focus on people who did something wonderful, too… He named those posts The Anti-Douche.

Why am I bringing this up? Because…one of my favorite musicians wowed me recently with his kindness, generosity and talent and I thought he deserved some recognition. As you all know, we were all shocked and hurt by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary…and all the other violent acts that have been happening across this country. I remember being on here and on Facebook the day that it happened… Andy Griggs’ reaction was immediate. He posted on Facebook asking if anyone knew anyone in that town of Connecticut…or a way to contact someone out there to see what kind of help could be offered. He’s got a big heart that way.

What did he do next? What else does a talented singer/songwriter do? He used his special talents to try to find a way to cope and heal…but also found a way to try to help. This press release just came out, talking about what he’s doing to help the school and the families…

The general gist is that he’s written a song with his friend and songwriter, Bobby Pinson, called “20 Little Angels” that is available free to listen to on his website… The song will be available to download on iTunes and 100% of the proceeds will be going to the Sandy Hook School Support fund. I thought that was pretty awesome, and so was the song….and I’m not the only one.  Here is what The Boot has to say about his song…

It’s nice to see that there are still good guys out there! Click the link to the song…check it out! In the meantime, here’s a taste of his music…through one of my favorite romantic ballads.