, Derry, New Hampshire

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June 6, 2013

Local residents jump starts 'Boston State of Mind'

A video cover of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” with new lyrics written in tribute to Boston after the marathon bombing, is getting thousands of views on YouTube and touching hearts across the region and America.

Three people from Derry and Salem are the talent behind “Boston State of Mind,” which even has the blessing of the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter.

They are the personal trainer who wrote the lyrics, the reading tutor whose video captures the landmarks and neighborhoods of the city, and the 12-year-old girl whose voice is truly Boston Strong.

“We’ve got more than 5,000 views, all by word of mouth,” said video producer Noreen Fantasia, 47, of Salem. “It’s really taken off.”

Bombing victim Jeff Bauman’s family shared the video from his Facebook page.

A woman from Florida with Boston ties wrote to tell them she had watched it 20 times.

People have donated to One Fund Boston at after watching, others have told them the video has touched their hearts.

“People need to see this,” friends who watched told them.

It’s rare for a professional like Joel to allow someone to use his work in a project like this.

But Joel himself knows about doing something out of love for a city devastated by terrorism. He performed “New York State of Mind” in the Concert for New York after the Sept. 11 attack.

“It’s a huge thing he gave permission,” Fantasia said. “I think he did this because of (One Fund Boston) and to support Boston after the tragedy. He knew we weren’t trying to make money off it.”

Patrick Garrett, 47, from Derry, is the personal trainer who came up with the idea. Fantasia said he heard Joel’s New York anthem on his iPod playlist and thought it could be adapted for a similar tribute to Boston.

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