The students of Sandy Hook Elementary School have turned December’s tragedy into an occasion for uplift: Different groups of students have recorded a charity single of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and performed “God Bless America” with Jennifer Hudson at the Super Bowl. The Sandy Hook school choir is now set to perform “Call Me Maybe” during the Grammy pre-show, along with a satellite interview with “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest. Already, there have been outraged tweets at the perceived exploitation of Newtown kids by the entertainment industry, a number of which have been collected in this Daily Intel post.
Chris Frantz, the former Talking Heads drummer, volunteered his Fairfield Country, Conn., home studio for the Newtown students’ “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and admitted he initially felt trepidation about working with a small group of Sandy Hook students. “I wondered, ‘How is this going to be perceived by people on the outside?’” he told Salon. “But as soon as the children showed up at our home, I knew it was a unique and important opportunity.”
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