“One little girl, her neighbor died,” she said. “And she said she thinks of her as singing with us when she sings.”
The song rose to No. 12 on iTunes and to No. 2 on Amazon.com, said Tim Hayes, who co-produced the recording.
The children have been asked to perform this Sunday for the E! Network’s Grammy Awards preshow, a segment that will air from Newtown. They also sang last month during a two-day concert event at the Ridgefield Playhouse, where other performers included Johnny Winters, Paul Shaffer and Paul Simon, who also sang at the funeral of Newtown teacher Victoria Soto.
Hayes said the children will do no other events after Sunday.
“We know the kids involved have had a wonderful experience, but we think this chapter is now done, and we want these kids to get back to being kids,” he said.
Many of the events have raised thousands of dollars for various Newtown-related causes, such as mental health care for the first responders or children’s programs at the local sports center. More than 50 local bands performed in clubs around Hartford one day last month to benefit the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
This Sunday, a free concert will be held in Ridgefield. Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame helped organize the event after speaking with the family of Ben Wheeler, one of the children who died.
Yarrow said this performance, which features folk and blues artists such as Dar Williams and Guy Davis, is intentionally not a fundraiser. Guests, he said, will include Newtown families and first responder networks, educators and political leaders, with the theme of coming together to bring positive change to society.
“This is not post-Sandy, where you need supplies and food,” he said. “My intuition is this community needs an event that brings music and a tone of caring, healing and togetherness. We need to let them know they are not alone in a way that is helpful to them.”
Stokes Mitchell, the Broadway star, said that is exactly what he felt at Waterbury’s Palace Theater while singing “The Impossible Dream,” a song that speaks about striving to right the unrightable wrong.
“Music has this strange power, more than any other art form, to talk to your soul directly,” he said. “In some ways, it can bypass your brain and it goes right into your heart, right into your soul, right into your being.”
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