Originally published with Bandcamp on August 31, 2016.
Following a natural disaster, music may not proffer the hammer and nails needed to begin the rebuilding process, but it can offer something that’s almost as important. As Baton Rouge-based singer songwriters Clay Parker and Jodi James hunkered down in Baton Rouge during the historic storm that would become the worst U.S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, they knew they wanted to do something to help their neighbors and their friends—friends like Jade Amber, the photographer who took their publicity stills, whose family had lost their home.
But what exactly? The duo set about writing “On the Water,” recording their original folk tune on a four-track tape machine before digitizing it to share on Bandcamp in order to raise money to help those impacted by the flood. With Parker’s and James’ low, mournful harmonies sung over a lead banjo, “On the Water” offers up a hopeful prayer, and has so far raised over $500. All of the money the track earns will go towards the Louisiana United Way Flood Fund.
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