BENEFITING: National Immigration Law Center
While I had some previous experience doing some data work for a local refugee organization, the idea to write a few songs about immigrants came a few years ago. I was visiting some family and friends on Long Island. I went out for my morning jog, and on the way back, I stopped by one of those great roadside produce stands that can be found scattered across the Island's farm country. My blood sugar was running a little low so I bought a peach, sat down at a bench and ate it right then and there.
"Just Fresh", I heard from behind me. I turned and there sat, a small, rugged man, who based on the amount of dirt and sweat on his clothing looked as if he had worked harder by 5AM than I had ever worked in my entire life. He looked beat, but he was cheerful, and friendly and we had a nice conversation.
While I didn't learn much about him, I did learn that he was from Guatemala, and that most of his family was still there but he hoped that they could join him soon. I felt as if I had met a Superhero. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to give up everything, everything that one knows and loves, to try and provide a better life for one's family.
And with that conversation, this project began. Write a few songs from the perspective of different immigrants, and sell it as fundraiser. So here is how it works. Make a donation here of $10 (unfortunately that is the minimum), and I'll send you a code that will allow you download this album from our Bandcamp Page which can be found here: https://thelittleamericans.bandcamp.com/album/little-america. The actual page where you can enter the code and download the album is here: https://thelittleamericans.bandcamp.com/yum.
Refugees and immigrants have heart, determination and desire; all the things that make America great, not again, but right now. Please consider making a donation. Thank you!