Musicians and NSU collaborate for a cause


Magale Recital Hall on the NSU campus echoed with the sounds of camaraderie and music Monday night, Oct. 10.

Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs joined forces with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee James Burton, Grammy winning artist Jo El Sonnier and Estelle Brown of the Sweet Inspirations.

Moondog frontman Rodney Harrington visited Southern Louisiana a few weeks ago and had an eye opening experience. In the aftermath of the catastrophic flood in August, thousands of residents are still displaced from their homes and many are still in shelters, according to Harrington.

“We’re just not hearing anything about it anymore and I know if it was out of sight and out of mind for me, then it would be the same for many others,” said Harrington. “It was eye opening to see how serious the situation still is.”

Wanting to do something to help out, he reached out to NSU President Jim Henderson. After a brainstorming session, the idea for a music video emerged. It begins with the song “LA 1927” by Randy Newman and ends with “Johnny Be Good.”

This transition symbolizes the effects of the flood, and Louisianians recovering and coming back as they always do.

“We were honored to host such a gathering of music legends in support of a worthy cause that hits closer to home than one might think,” said Henderson. “Numerous NSU students live in the areas devastated by the recent floods. They, their families, and their neighbors back at home need our help. We hope this video serves as a reminder that our work is not yet finished and our support is still very much needed.”

Other collaborators included Prof. L. Collier Hyams, Dept. of New Media, Daniel Thiels, Collier Hymes, Joy Dove and Pam and Hardrick Rivers.

The video will be published in a few weeks to shine a light on the plight of those still affected by the flooding.

“We want everyone down south to know that we’re still behind them and we haven’t forgotten them,” said Harrington. “We hope this video is shared and initiates another swell of support.”