Several Ithaca musicians have collaborated on “I Won’t Give Up,” a song released on New Year’s Day to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes. The track features Maddy Walsh, Mike Suave, and Mike Parker of the Blind Spots, Dan Lisbe of the Gunpoets, Richie Stearns of the Horse Flies, Samuel B. Lupowitz of Noon Fifteen, and Ted Walsh of GoGone, with Pyramid Sound’s Alex Perialas engineering.
“Together we wrote a song, which always begins as a personal and quiet act but one that can potentially transform into something larger and more widely received,” says the group of Ithaca musicians on the song’s Bandcamp page. “We sought to collaborate with other members of our vibrantly creative hometown musical community working in different genres, and we decided to use this effort to raise funds for our local Planned Parenthood.”
“We have work to do,” says the group in its introduction to the song. “After the results of the 2016 presidential election were in, many people in America — especially women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those of us residing in the lower and middle class income bracket — felt strong emotions, ranging from fear to anger to depression, and were left wondering what to do to most effectively combat the threat of harmful decisions affecting our daily way of life, including our health and reproductive care, our protection from discrimination, our public school funding, the preservation of land inhabited by our native people and our national parks, the status and security of our immigrant population, our freedom of speech and of information-seeking… the list goes on.”
“While I’d like to let the song mostly speak for itself, I will say that its intention is to unite, uplift, motivate, and mobilize, and we would like our friends, families, larger community, and anyone who will listen to join our effort to raise funds for an organization that we all believe in,” Walsh says.
100% of proceeds after the initial recording costs are covered will go to Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes. “Help these Ithaca musicians raise money for an organization we care deeply about,” concludes Walsh.