Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2003 3:37 pm
Tuesday was the re-release of our first full length CD Me, Myself & Your Mother. Hard to believe it’s been 10 years since we put it out, but time flies, right? Anyway, this also marks the first time it’s available to download legally, chock full of bonus material that was previously available only on our Everything Must Go! odds and sods CD and the out of print split with the Lawn Darts, Selling Doors, Door to Door. It also is the first time the live version of Pussykat is available to the general public. This is neat because the two knuckleheads yelling it out as a request eventually became members of the band.
What else makes this special, you may ask. Go ahead, ask. I'm so glad you asked! Well, all the profits are going to go towards helping a family directly impacted by Super Storm Sandy. So, the album is available as a “pay what you want” download. I know we’re not Radiohead, but hopefully you will all open up your hearts and wallets. Running out of Ramones is also included in that deal, in case you don’t have it. Oh yeah, bonus tracks on that puppy as well.
Please go to [url]groverkent.bandcamp.com[/url] and get your download on. You can pay whatever you like. I suggest $10 an album because it's charity. Again, every nickel we get goes to help out some friends wiped out by that horrible bitch Sandy. If you donate over $50, Grover Kent will send you a hand-screened T-shirt. MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL SO I CAN GET YOUR ADDRESS AND SHIRT SIZE! Shirts are on a first come-first serve basis.
Oh, about the family you’re helping...
Corey is my wife’s best friend since her school days. Her parents have lived in Brick since forever. I asked her for some details I could maybe use in this statement and she out-wrote me by a mile. Here’s Pete and Phyllis Eckert’s story, as written by their daughter-
“My parents are both 71 years old, and have lived in their house for 44 years. They purchased it from my mother’s uncle. He helped design and build the home, and closed on it just prior to my mother turning 16. In fact, her “Sweet Sixteen” birthday party was held at the house. She invited friends down to the shore from North Jersey (Irvington, to be exact), and they spent the day at the beach, had a BBQ, and danced in the garage. Look out MTV! Their house holds a lot of memories for them. Besides numerous family visits in my mother’s younger years, she and my father raised both their children, babysat their 3 grandchildren, and continue to gather here to celebrate birthdays and holidays with their family from all over NJ. It was their first house, what they thought would be a starter home, but the Nejecho Beach community became family, and way of living they still don’t want to let go.
Like many, they did have flood insurance, but were grossly underinsured. They are not waterfront property, and have weathered countless storms and hurricanes without ever having water enter their home before. Who could have imagined they’d lose everything; structure, contents, and memories someday? They are not eligible for full FEMA assistance. Their only income is Social Security, their retirement savings, and my mother’s modest pension. They will need to finance the demolition of their existing home, and construction of their new home (at the new elevation requirement…9 ft minimum!) through an SBA Loan.
Phyllis Eckert is a retired special education teacher in Brick. Pete Eckert is an Army Veteran who worked in Mortgage and Finance for decades, before later becoming the “Unofficial Mayor of Brick”, greeting and servicing customers at Joe’s Service Center until he retired. Last June, they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends. They hope to begin construction on their new home as a celebration of their 51st!"
So, you're helping people who were helpers themselves. Army vet and Special Ed teacher. That's the sort of thing that speaks for itself, and I hope you'll be generous. Help us help some good people, and get some music in the process