by John Stratton
The West Coast has the Beach Boys…and Rhode Island has The Cartells.
Seaside at The Andrea at the fabled Ocean State beachfront, The Cartells premiered “Misquamicut Love” for an enthusiastic following of beachfolk and business people August 14. They all remember the all-too-recent hurricane and the even more recent, and remarkable, rejuvenation of the hallowed strip of sand and surf which makes Misquamicut a resort to be enjoyed by frolicking families and strolling lovers alike.
At the event, the song was officially adopted by the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Westerly Chamber Foundation to become the region’s tribute theme song.
Scott Campbell, the writer, first penned the song with Connecticut in mind, but in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy he pulled out his Misquamicut-resident card to help local businesses with some much-needed inspiration. Scott went back to the song that once helped raise funds in the 1980s for the Connecticut March of Dimes—and revived it to celebrate the spirit of Misquamicut and the compassion of the residents and volunteers that helped restore the beauty of the long beach.
As a special surprise announcement, three nominees for the Athena Award of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber were named: Alexis Ann of The Resident; Karin Barth of The Cartells; and Diana Serra, President of the Westerly Town Council.
As Southern New England’s favorite summer destination, the beach and its memories are captured in the lyrics—the sun, surf, the open shoreline, moments spent with family or friends, and of course recollections of romance. Scott recruited The Cartells to record the new song and plans to donate the proceeds to a local charity that works to promote Misquamicut.
See you on the beach!
And…to learn more about the band, click on over to www.thecartells.com
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