“He literally wrote the lyrics in an hour or a little over an hour,” Fantasia said.
“I was trying to capture a little bit of the spirit of Boston, some of the things I like about Boston,” Garrett said.
But Garrett’s voice left the project a little flat.
“Noreen said it was really good, but we should get someone else to sing this,” he recalled.
So, they turned to another friend, Susan Stanganelli, whose 12-year-old daughter, Emma, is in chorus at Salem’s Woodbury School and who has performed on stage at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.
Emma learned the song in a week and, after a failed recording session in the bathroom at home, went to a studio in Haverhill. It cost them $65.
“It was well worth every last penny,” Stanganelli said. “It’s pretty amazing.”
Emma said the song is very inspiring.
“I hope this will encourage others to donate to (One Fund Boston),” she said.
The combination of Emma’s voice, Garrett’s words, Joel’s melody and the scenes from Boston is priceless.
“I think there is some picture in that video that everyone connects to, some moment you’ve experienced,” Stanganelli said. “It reminds them of something in their life.”
Photos take the viewer from Zakim Bridge to Mike’s Pastry, past the USS Constitution in Charlestown, down the Freedom Trail, over the Hatch Shell, through Chinatown, Southie, around The Pru and out to Fenway.
The video is a little over six minutes, with images of emergency responders and the marathon, though not the mayhem.
“Some folks to get away take a holiday out on Buzzards Bay, get away from the neighborhood out to Tanglewood,” Emma sings. “But I’m taking the ‘T’ now on the blue and orange line, I’m in a Boston state of mind.”