Yesterday, I found out that Alex Dezen, the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, The Damnwells, was releasing a little side project with his lovely wife Angela. Once I heard the news I was all over it, opening every single link, blog and tweet I could, to find out any possible information on this new album titled Sweet Water Child ~ Lullabies for Getty.
After some serious
stalking snooping, you do what you gotta do, I found out the amazing story behind this wonderful project. I'm going to steal a snip from Angela's blog to help everyone understand how they found out about Baby Getty...
"Getty Storm is a one year old little girl--the daughter of a friend of a Damnwells fan and follower of my friend Morgan's blog. I first heard about Getty in passing--something about a "button" on a blog or something ("what's that?")--and now, just a couple months later, Getty and her friends and family have become MY friends and family, and I care about them so crazy much that I have decided to to everything humanly possible to help little Getty. Who knows--I might even run a marathon in December!
You see, Miss Getty, or "Getty Owl," as she is known, has SMA Type 1. That's Spinal Muscular Atrophy--basically the most awful thing you could ever imagine--and Type 1 is its most aggressive form. SMA is a terminal disease. It's genetic. And it affects 1 in every 6,000 children born worldwide. When you do the math (and I'm not good at math, so thank you Sophia's Cure for doing it for me), that's one child born with SMA EVERY 7 HOURS. And those children are considered lucky if they make it to their second birthday."
Of course, this story touched me. How could it not? Not only is it for a great cause, it shows true compassion, love and what is possible when willing. All eleven songs are written by Alex Dezen and performed by Alex and Angela Dezen.
Today, April 5th, the album was released with all proceeds going directly to The Getty Owl Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation whose mission is helping families and fighting Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) started by Baby Getty's family.
I hope everyone takes time out of their day to listen to these beautiful Lullabies for Getty and help support this cause. The digital album is available for purchase online on the bandcamp site, Lullabies for Getty.