For Boston:

Dropkick Murphys Support Boston Marathon Victims with Release of Charity EP

Photo and article by Tiffany Wilhelm
Preface: This article hits so close to home for me that it was not the easiest to write. Please bear with my rambling, follow the links to this charity album and the donation site, and do what you can to help your fellow man.

Dropkick Murphys have released Rose Tattoo: For Boston Charity EP, a special three-song EP available exclusively through iTunes for only $1.29. All parties involved have agreed to donate 100% of proceeds to The Claddagh Fund, a charity run by Dropkick bassist/vocalist Ken Casey, which will ensure that the money raised directly benefits the victims and their families.

I earnestly urge you to buy this album, or, if Dropkick’s celtic-punk style isn’t your thing, donate directly to The Claddagh Fund and support their very noble efforts for an undoubtedly worthy cause. To put it in the words of one iTunes reviewer of the release, expressing a very Bostonian sentiment:

“Get the f*#k out of here and buy this EP.”
As the Standells sang: Boston, you’re my home.

Dropkick – I love you even more than your fantastic music for constantly supporting that home. Time and time again, Dropkick does so much for the city of Boston. Special concerts, tribute songs, St. Paddy’s Day special performances and advice, perfect music for rooting on my boys the Red Sox, even reviving the original Red Sox bar... I could keep going for a while.

After the events of the Boston Marathon and the violent chase that followed for those responsible, Boston is still in a state of shock. "Boston Strong" says so much about this city and its ever-resilient residents, but nothing changes the tragic nature of what took place on April 15 and the days following. I sped out of Ohio the day that Watertown was under military lockdown, reaching town the day after. I spent the next week staying with my mother, a Watertown resident, and visiting with old friends. I quickly realized that all of us were (or are) still just trying to process what had happened.

There is a long period of healing ahead for the city. The victims and their families will have hospital bills, surgeries, amputated limbs to learn to manage with for the rest of their lives. For many others there is the fear, the shock, the attack of your home, the threat to your life, and the horror of witnessing those events, to overcome. People lost all control over what could happen next at their own front doors. There are unfortunately places in the world where such events and fear are constant, and Boston residents now have all-too-firm an understanding of what that can feel like.

I told myself that week that I would write about my own experiences for AltOhio, and I couldn’t bring myself to do it - I didn't even know what was happening inside my own head at the time. It was a terrifying, emotionally draining, rollercoaster of a week for myself and so many others. In the wake of this tragedy, everyone is trying to do all they can to help, and that includes my wonderful friends the Dropkick Murphys (in my head, we hang out all the time).

Dropkick's Charity EP features three songs, including a newly recorded version of the band’s song “Rose Tattoo” featuring Bruce Springsteen. Let me tell you, Bostonians love their Springsteen (my Facebook news feed explodes with statuses of “Bruuuuuuuce” every time he has a concert nearby), so everybody wins here.

This is absolutely not the best article I have ever written. It’s a little lengthy, a little wordy, but completely from my heart about something that was very painful to experience – even considering that everyone I know was, thankfully, physically unharmed. I can only imagine - no, I can't even imagine - what life is like right now for the victims, their family, and friends.
I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support that our country, and the
world, has shown for Boston after these tragic events – with organized runs all
over the world, tribute videos, thoughts, prayers, donations; the Yankees even
played Sweet Caroline, an 8th-inning stretch tradition at Red Sox games, at their home game the day after the Marathon bombings. When Red Sox star Big Papi
let out an f-bomb during his live-broadcast, emotional speech at Fenway's first game after the bombings, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski gave him a pass
and tweeted his support.
There will never be any way to replace the lives, and limbs, and sense of security, that were lost, or to erase the emotional trauma of these events. There are some things in life that never leave you. But we can learn, and grow, and reach out to Bostonians, to all those affected, and do everything we can to help each other become even stronger.