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Sing for Hope: The AIDS Quilt Song Book

The AIDS Quilt Song Book is a CD and musical score published nearly thirty years ago. American composers gathered to create original work that spoke to/sang to people with AIDS. Many of the performers on the album were ill, and many have since died. A new CD, An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope, will be published on World AIDS Day, December 1st this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7vemdNzr4A SING FOR HOPE is a New York based all volunteer organization bringing the arts to places where neither persons nor the arts have flourished; prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters,  really to any audience considered disadvantaged. The volunteers at Sing for Hope are at home at Lincoln Center or any of the world's great concert halls. Joyce DiDonato, Yo-Yo Ma, Isabel Leonard and Anthony Dean Griffey are only a few of the marquee names in classical music involved in this community outreach project. Proceeds from the sale of Sing for Hope go to the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR). One of the concerns expressed by AmFAR and by many in the AIDS recovery community is the 'falling off the radar' as the scourge AIDS enters its fourth decade. The new generation is reportedly less careful. The need to educate oneself is nicely balanced with music and contributing to an important organization supporting Sing for Hope: The AIDS Quilt Song Book Most of the participants in this project were not yet born when AIDS went came to plague status in the early 1980s. They may not remember, but my generation certainly does. I'm pleased the title invokes the spectacular AIDS Quilt. Each panel represents someone who has died of AIDS. In 1987 the Quilt was spread out over New York's Central Park. The sight was enthralling, and heartrending. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP_tljBK8XQ But let's not rend our garments and gnash our teeth! Buy Sing for Hope: The AIDS Quilt Song Book for the joy of top quality music making, and get down!