Editor's Note: the following release was distributed by Ray Auger, a founder of the Local Area Music Ensemble.
There’s a handful of local musicians who are looking to make a difference in the local area and they call themselves LAME. But that’s a good thing… you see, LAME stands for for Local Area Music Ensemble. LAME was conceived after local musicians Lou Miano, Tim Galvin, Eric Milot and Ligor helped Ray Auger and his acoustic partner Justin Redden record their original song Bucket of Beer.
“We decided that this kind of collaboration might be a fun thing to do on a regular basis so we started working on songs that, individually, we never had a chance to finish writing or recording on our own”, says Auger. “It’s two fold… making great music with a great group of local musicians while enjoying some social time with friends during the process.”
LAME has recently expanded its membership to 15 while recording a special song for the holiday season. Do They Know It’s Christmas, was a charitable effort recorded in 1984 by Band-Aid to help to raise money for relief of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia. The song featured a who’s who of the music community at the time and can still be heard on the radio during the holidays.
“We thought that this would be a great song to recreate to help draw awareness to folks in need in our local area”, explains Jim Ligor. So LAME’s friends were recruited and over the course of two months a local version of the song was recorded. It was decided to sell the single for $5 with all proceeds benefiting the Daily Bread Food Pantry in Milford with services Milford, Hopedale and Medway and over 900 people. “Music brings people together and opens hearts and ears. We are hoping that we can do a lot of good with this effort”, says Auger.
Do They Know It’s Christmas? by LAME-Aid can be purchased online on WMRC’s Steals and Deals Marketplace at www.wmrcdailynews.com, at the WMRC Studios, Rubber Chicken Comics in Bellingham and other local businesses. For more details about CD locations, LAME, LAME-Aid and Do They Know It’s Christmas visit LAME’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/milfordlame.