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June 6, 2013

Local residents jump starts 'Boston State of Mind'


The lyrics are part of the magic.

“He really nailed it as far as the places in Boston that people love,” Fantasia said.

Garrett may be a natural lyricist, but not so much a musician.

“I’m not musical at all,” he confessed with a laugh.

He said he is just a Billy Joel fan who put new words to the song.

Garrett grew up in East Boston, Fantasia in Revere.

“We were both moved by the tragedy,” said Fantasia, 47, a reading tutor at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. “I was devastated. I never expected that would happen in Boston. It broke my heart.”

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