The Clarks involved in two songs to help raise money for Tree of Life

December 3, 2018

Scott Blasey was driving to a Steubenville, Ohio, studio Wednesday afternoon to record a song he had few other details about.

But Blasey, lead vocalist for The Clarks, hopes this tune will definitely be heard.

Blasey is one of several Pittsburgh musicians collaborating to sing “Stand Together,” as a response to the Tree of Life Congregation mass shooting. The idea came from Joe Wodarek and Mike Ofca of the band The Stickers, who approached others such as Joe Grushecky, Hermie Granati, Jeff Jimerson, The Shondells, Blasey and others.

The song is expected to be available via a digital download next week. Proceeds will benefit the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Our Victims of Terror Fund.

“I have not heard the song and have no idea what I am singing, but when they asked me I knew immediately I wanted to be a part of this,” Blasey told the Trib. “We live in Pittsburgh, and this is our city.

“We have played at various venues in Squirrel Hill, and it feels like home to us. Pittsburgh is such a tight-knit community, and we all feel so close to one another. This tragedy affects us all personally.”

In addition to this collaboration, The Clarks have recorded a cover of ”(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” that will be available at all digital and streaming outlets by the end of the week. Donations will go to Tree Of Life synagogue, and the band may also give some of the proceeds to a police-based charity to be determined.

Blasey credited the band as well as the studio and producer with their quick response to get the song recorded.

“We fully understand there are bigger forces raising far more money than we can raise,” he said. “But this is our way of saying ‘sorry for your loss.’ And that we stand with you against hate. We are Pittsburgh.”

Rob James, guitarist and vocalist for The Clarks, said the band felt compelled to do something to help the community in “the wake of this senseless act.”

“We are trying to do something positive,” he says. “Squirrel Hill is an amazing community with many wonderful restaurants and a great guitar shop. It is a melting pot that represents this city. And it’s just shocking what happened. This should not have happened. This world is so divided, and I don’t want more division. I want love and understanding. Music can be a healer, and we hope our songs touch people in some way.”

Other artists on the “Stand Together” song include: Johnny Angel and Bubba - The Halos - Reb Beach of Winger and Whitesnake, Devon Johnson of Ruff Creek, Clinton Clegg of The Commonheart, Joe Belan of Gene the Werewolf, Abby Abbondanza of The Hillbilly Way and John Vento of Neids Hotel Band.

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