It’s that time. Yes. It’s that time of year, when we get to look out for someone other than ourselves and our immediate loved ones. It is cool to give with the Christmas Holiday spirits starting to hang thick in the air – as thick as the Christmas ornaments on all your neighbors’ houses, or as thick as the warmth you feel helping and giving for people in need. It’s a win-win, as they say.
And Joey Sweeney is none different. He wanted to give in some way, and he’s found a method.
On December 15th, Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease’s surprise holiday EP, “Smilin’ Through” drops, and available for purchase. But can he make it even better? Yes. Couple it with a charitable cause, which can help the kids of Philadelphia.
There’s a thought.
Through a partnership with The Giving Groove (full-service independent record label based in Philadelphia), Joey will donate to ‘Rock to the Future’, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2010, which provides music education for Philadelphia’s underserved youth, at no cost to them.
All proceeds from this holiday release — as well as related fundraisers via house concerts and other appearances in the band’s native Philadelphia — will be directly contributed to Rock to the Future.
Rock to the Future aims to empower individuals and strengthen communities through programs that ignite passion and creativity, support academic achievement, and improve self-esteem.
A project worth being part of, for sure.
All that is fabulous, but what’s up with the song title ‘Don’t Kill Yourself This Christmas’?
It all stems from a task that Sweeney took to heart and describes a subject aligned with Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD disorder] – a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons, which manifests itself as ‘depression’, ‘low energy’, ‘hopelessness’, and ‘frequent thoughts of suicide’.
“I’m a person who deeply loves the holidays — the rituals, seeing all your people, even the cheesy aesthetics of it all…I wanted to wrap my arms around it in all of its absurdity and its [SAD disorder] place in the culture”
“Maybe that sense of going to the end, feeling it all, and then starting over anyway is what this whole thing is about. Maybe. Merry Christmas!”
It’s very obvious that Joey and the gang in the band, are passionate about causes they care about. And it’s probably not a stretch to say that, most of us humans, do think and want the world to work better – as well.
We dig it, Joey. Really do.
And we think you should too.
For being charitable, at any level is quite glorious.
Someone we knew said that ‘It’s good for our hearts and souls.”
We tend to agree.
Oh, and to see what you’d get for each level of donation, go to this [LINK].
We think the “$100 JOJO’S PERSONAL AT-YOUR-DOOR CHRISTMAS CAROL (EVENINGS OF WED DEC 20 PHILY ONLY” option would be a treat.
Imagine Joey ‘caroling’ for your family?? And how your neighbors would look at you?
Anywho, Merry Christmas Joey & The Neon Grease.
Plus, Happy New Years to all.