The day Rolling Stone Magazine pretty much insulted all Bostonians by immortalizing the wrong boy on the cover – the image of the right boy, the real hero – the one with a positive message to resonate around the world – was in front of me.
A couple of months after the Marathon Tragedy, I had to write a song for this beautiful little boy. My goal, in addition to expressing myself, sharing my personal struggle while trying to focus on the beauty and innocence of this boy, was to preserve his image. A tribute for his family. He and his message should not be forgotten.
The impossible dream is to be able to have a statue erected of Martin in Boston, holding his sign, “No more hurting people”.
As I have no control over the bureaucracy, I had another plan. One that would be more personal. One that I hoped would bring some comfort to Martin’s family. Through the efforts of this song, a portrait of Martin was completed by an amazing artist.
The painter, David Wells Roth, not a stranger to being robbed of a family member, offered to create this image only out of the goodness of his heart and soul. He shared with me that it was a difficult task, as each brush stroke on Martin’s face reminded him that this iconic angel was taken from this earth.
Being an artist, whether a musician, or a painter, of course you want to share – in hopes of touching others. I want to share the song and the painting. And I am so grateful and proud of all of the musicians, studios, engineers and people who contributed to make this happen….out of love.
Now back to Rolling Stone Magazine, WHAT THE FUCK?!
Why put that face on the cover? I understand you want to tell your story on how that kid got so messed up that he participated in this horrible event. But stick it in the middle somewhere. Put this on the cover: (And correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t your rag about the arts?)
I have waited to share this painting until it had been delivered to the family. And it has – by his church. I wanted to be respectful of the sensitivity involved, therefore I reached out to the Richard family’s parish to get the Reverend’s blessing before moving forward. My only hope, and David’s, is that it and the song can bring some comfort.
Once again, special thanks to the love and contributing talents of the students at BYPC, Jeff Davison, Brian Phillips, Alizon Lissance, Tommy Baker, Alan Goodrich, Al Bonasoro, Richard Kostick, Jennifer Keaney, Alex MacDougal, Brook Meggs, all of the folks that came to Boston to sing along, as well as The Recording Company, Tom Holmes, and little Zach Biron.
And a HUGE thank you to David Wells Roth.
And to the folks who contributed by downloading the song….”Ya did good!”