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A Song From Sandy Hook

Musicians work with survivors of the Newtown school shooting to record a song for local charities

James Swaffield

On January 9th, a group of 20 children from Newtown, Connecticut gathered at the home recording studio of Talking Heads' and Tom Tom Club's Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz for a project called A Song From Sandy Hook. Most of the children were students at Sandy Hook Elementary, survivors of the horrific school shooting in December. With guidance from the project's producer, CBGB co-owner Tim Hayes, along with Newtown-based music teacher Sabrina Post, the group recorded "Over the Rainbow," accompanied by singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson on ukulele. The song will make its debut on Good Morning America Tuesday, January 15th and will be available on iTunes and Amazon the same day. All proceeds from the project will go to the non-profit Newtown Youth Academy and the United Way of Western Connecticut. 

James Swaffield

Recording

Children from Sandy Hook Elementary record "Over the Rainbow" at the home studio of Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz in Fairfield, Connecticut. 

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‘Over the Rainbow’

The children joined singer Ingrid Michaelson on the Judy Garland classic "Over the Rainbow." While the use of the ukulele on the song was inspired by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of the song, producer Tim Hayes believes that the group really made it their own. "This arrangement is very traditional but the narrative is meant to transform the piece into something much more spiritual," he said.

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Children of Sandy Hook in the Studio

Children from Sandy Hook Elementary School gathered in the home studio of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club's Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz in Fairfield, Connecticut to record "Over the Rainbow."

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Coming Together

Bruce Martin and proud Newtown parents watch from the control room as their children learn how the new song will come together in the studio.