Flood Relief 2010-Keep Your Head Up
Flood Relief Song features Nashville singers: Funds Earmarked for Flood Relief Nashville, Tennessee- "Music City, USA," is a city of much more than music and singers. It is filled with a unique blend of gifted people from the arts to industries. It is a magnet for many music star hopefuls who come to Music City to follow their dreams. But many dreams were dashed in mid-May when a torrential storm pounded the city. By the time the storm was over, Nashville was flooded with over 13 inches of water and tens of millions of dollars in damages. But Cedric Poellnitz, an ordained minister, believes healing begins with moral support. So he wrote, "Keep Your Head Up," a song to raise more funds for flood relief. "I know that flood relief songs can help raise much-need funds. But, I knew I had to share a message of encouragement," he said. For many, the flood was the first time residents saw the places that are the face of Nashville under water: the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House, parts of the new Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena, LP Field, Gaylord Opryland Resort, Opry Mills, and many thriving businesses in various parts of the city. Poellnitz says his flood relief song speaks to everyone from West Memphis to West Hamilton (a street in NW Nashville that was ravaged by the storm), "When tragedy comes, it knows no color or musical style. Flood waters and storm damage affected many races of people. So my intent for this song is for it to speak to all of God's children whether they confess Him or not." The storm claimed the lives of over 19 Tennessee residents, at least five of them in Nashville. Just as throngs of people in various industries, churches, organizations have gathered to provide flood relief assistance, Poellnitz, a financial service rep for a local Nashville bank, knew that teamwork divides the task and multiplies success. So he rallied the troops to help bring the song project to fruition. "I made phone calls and sent out text messages and emails to all of my business partners. This included singers, musicians, producers, studio engineers, label execs and others." As they say, the rest is history. A few days after he began his flood relief song project, a steady stream of singers flowed in and out of a donated recording studio facility to add their vocal touch to the project. The song is an impressive showcase of some of Nashville's most gifted artists. Just to name a few, it features Nashville's own Wess Morgan, Free Spirit Singers, The Marable Twins, Cicely Floyd, and other local recording artists. Poellnitz hopes the song's message will reach far beyond the circumstances of the flood devastation to any situation we face that may seem daunting. He singles out the songs the first of the line and the bridge: "I will be with you always, that is the promise that He (God) made. Especially in times, when it seems He's (God) far away" Says, Poellnitz, "That phrase means God has told us that He will be there, it just seems like it's not evident when we are having a tragedy. So I wanted to encourage people that He knows everything and that He was there the whole time." In the bridge of the song, he writes: "In homelessness, in nakedness and in famine we heed your call; to care for our brothers and sisters, for the children and the elders; because God loves us all." Poellnitz declares we have a charge to keep, "We have a call to take care of one another. Yes, I am my brother's/sister's keeper. It really should be on an ongoing basis but it is mostly evident during times of tragedy." All proceeds for the project will go to flood relief assistance.