10/25/14

Jimmy Sarro, Volunteer Fireman who appears in Lucas Klose’s music video, MARY MAGDALENE

Watch Lucas Klose's “Mary Magdalene” on VEVO



One of the segments in the Lucas Klose (Gary Lucas & Jann Klose) music video, MARY MAGDALENE that is attracting attention shows a fireman pointing at the back of his blue T-shirt, which reads, “IPFD Hurricane Sandy Task Force.”

“IPFD” stands for the “Island Park Fire Department.”  It’s a Volunteer Fire Department.  Many Island Park residents lost their homes in the October 29, 2012 Superstorm Sandy.  The man pointing at the back of his T-shirt is Jimmy Sarro, one of volunteer fire men and women.  

Since the early 1900s Jimmy’s grandparents and great ones volunteered for the Freeport, NY Fire Dept.  After September 11, he visited Ground Zero and felt the need to volunteer for the Island Park Volunteer Fire Department.

Jimmy Sarro, Assistant Chief of the Island Park Fire Department
His day job is as a painter for the NYC Housing Authority, but because of the devastation from Superstorm Sandy, Jimmy could not go to work, and spent 15 days helping people in need.  “The firehall was the only building that had electricity because we have a generator.  If people needed a charge up for their car, I did that.  If they needed their basement pumped, I did that.  Whatever people in Island Park needed, we did.”
  
Gary and Jann encourage donations to the Island Park Volunteer Fire Department.  Their new music video "Mary Magdalene," was created, in part, to bring attention to the fact that people in the South Shore of Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and New Jersey, are still struggling to get their lives back to normal since Oct. 29, 2012's Superstorm Sandy.

Recalling disaster songs like Peter Adamson's "The Titanic" or Gordon Lightfoot's "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," "Mary Magdalene" is about living through Superstorm Sandy; it was co-written by Gary, Jann, and Dan Beck who has written songs with legendary rockers Dion DiMucci and the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere.   

On September 16, Jann, Gary and Dan, plus a three-person production crew: Z3ro The Comet, and Ashley Christopher (recent graduates from Five Towns' College) and EDM DJ James Messina filmed "Mary Magdalene" throughout Island Park, showing footage of condemned homes, the local fire house and a favorite pub The Local Ale House.      
  
In addition to cinematography in Island Park, the video uses footage of Breezy Point supplied by Getty Images Editorial Footage/Getty Images.

Jann and Gary's songwriting duo is based in the Roots Music genre. In actuality both artists are eclectic musicians, who tour the world on their own.  Gary has worked heavily with both Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart, and is a solo artist/band leader with 27 albums to his credit.  ROLLING STONE says Gary is, "One of the best and most original guitarists in America...a modern guitar miracle." Jann won more awards in the Vox Populi of the 2014 Independent Music Awards (IMAs) than any other nominee, and in four eclectic categories including his a cappella cover of Tim Buckley's "Song To The Siren.” 

Gary and Jann both worked on the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Tribeca Films/Focus World/Universal). Jann is the singing voice of Tim Buckley, while Gary consulted and played guitar. Tony Award winner Frank Wood plays Gary in the film. 

"Mary Magdalene" is now on VEVO at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA-GJNH0I38 .  It can also be seen on dailymotion.com. In 2015 spring, Jann and Gary will be releasing an EP of favorite new songs in the roots genre.  

Donations are welcomed by The Island Park Volunteer Fire Department, P.O Box 500, Island Park, NY 11558.

Jann Klose and Gary Lucas, the songwriting team of Lucas Klose on the set of
their music video, MARY MAGDALENE

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