How one Sandy Hook father is paying tribute to his slain daughter.
Just over two years ago, the Marquez-Greene family moved from Canada to Newtown, Connecticut, lured by its reputation as a quiet, safe community to raise children. Two months later, their 6-year-old daughter, Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, was shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in one of the most horrific school shootings in the nation’s history.
Now her father, jazz musician Jimmy Greene, is paying tribute to Ana’s memory and keeping her story alive with a new album, “Beautiful Life.”
Greene told NPR recently that after Ana’s death he could not bring himself to think about or create music, but that eventually music offered him a way to work through his pain.
“When there’s not an accurate way to express my emotion or my struggle or my trauma, there’s music,” he said, “It’s akin to talking it out with someone.”
The album marks an artistic departure for Greene, who wrote lyrics for his songs for the first time in his career, and invited Ana’s friends and former classmates to sing on several tracks. Through the album, Greene introduces listeners to Ana on tracks like “Ana Had a Way About Her” and attempts to capture her voice on the haunting “Maybe.”
Proceeds from Beautiful Life will go to support The Ana Grace Project, dedicated to creating school curricula that encourage empathy and violence prevention, and the Artists Collective, a musical instruction program for at-risk youth in Hartford, Connecticut.
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