CCALS named beneficiary of the sale of a new CD
While serving the ALS community for the past thirteen years, we at Compassionate Care ALS have met many incredible people. One of those individuals was Tom Monahan, a man who always lived his life to the fullest and never lost his sense of humor. We are continually awed by the support we have received from both our clients/friends and their communities. Tom’s community has honored his memory by recording a CD of his original music and donating the proceeds of sales of that CD to CCALS.
Great Music for a Great Cause
The Manics Pick On Monahan:
An Irreverent Musical Tribute to
As Hurricane Irene roared through New England in the waning days of August, a determined crew of musicians and friends across six different states had something much bigger on their minds than flooding, blackouts and dire weather. The Manic Mountain Boys (MMB) and their far-flung group of friends and fans were on a mission for Tom Monahan, their founder, friend and fellow bluegrass music lover. Tom passed away from complications due to ALS in December 2010, three years after his diagnosis. He was 58.
An incredible man of many talents, Tom brought people together, attracting and connecting a network of friends across all of his areas of interest. He was a creative director at a global media company, an online publishing champion, a gifted furniture designer and an avid sailor. He was also a quick-witted storyteller, a songwriter and a good-natured mischief-maker. Beloved husband to Mary and big brother to five siblings, Tom left a wonderfully warm place in the hearts of countless friends and co-workers.
Yet of all his accomplishments, he was most proud of The Manics and his self-appointed position as their Chairman for Life (CFL). This collection of musicians and friends have camped and played together at bluegrass festivals all over New England for more than 30 years. The Manics excel at tweaking the traditional bluegrass experience, incorporating non-traditional instruments (saxophones, washboards and the occasional whistle) with jazzy swing, gospel tunes and plenty of raucous, rapid-fire on-stage humor.
So an untimely hurricane was no match for their plans to introduce their new tribute CD, “The Manics Pick on Monahan” at the 2011 Thomas Point Beach Labor Day Bluegrass festival in Brunswick, Maine. Led by Jamie Peghiny, The Manic Mountain Boys performed Tom’s original songs on the main stage twice that weekend. The CD – dubbed the “Hurricane Irene Special Edition” -- and a stack of Manic-branded t-shirts sold out quickly.
The final CD (now available for purchase at the CCALS.org store) is a brilliant execution that would have delighted Tom: His best pals performing his songs, fully rendered with expert lead and backup vocals and instrumental solos.
For updates about CD release news and events, visit the “Tom Monahan Secret World Headquarters” page on Facebook (and “Like” it when you drop by!). The page includes lyrics, photos, links to the Thomas Point Beach performance videos and the personal band sites of MMB musicians. It’s also a place for friends, fans and family to share photos, memories and ideas about extending the reach of this amazing project. The CD will be promoted to radio stations across the country and sold at MMB band members’ gigs.
The CCALS community is encouraged to share Tom’s page with their friends, and to share ideas with his community about more ways to spread the message. Tom’s spirit left a joyous and lasting legacy for all of those who knew and loved him. Upon his passing, The MMB unanimously voted to change his title from CFL to CFE: Chairman For Ever.