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The interview touched him so deeply he wrote, "I Can Love You from Anywhere," and posted it to Facebook on GivingTuesday. To his surprise, the post went viral, got shared with Maura and aired on CNN!
NEW YORK, NY, January 22, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- If there's a song that defines what we are all going through right now - well we found it. We have all been affected by this pandemic, in one way or another. Our hearts have been broken, either by the loss of a loved one or the effects of isolation. This Friday, January 22nd, 2021 - singer-songwriter Austin Marolla is releasing a new video for his anthemic song "I Can Love You From Anywhere" written as a love letter to his partner, who is a first responder at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, experiencing the first days of the pandemic. The video features Austin and his partner Robert Keffer, a nurse in real life as he is telling his story of a real life patient that was taken by CoVID, Joseph Lewinger.
Earlier last year, Austin came across an interview on CNN with Maura Lewinger, tell her heartbreaking story of FaceTiming her husband, Joseph, as he slipped away to the virus. The interview touched him so deeply that he wrote, "I Can Love You from Anywhere," and posted it to Facebook on GivingTuesday, with the hopes to raise money on their GoFundMe page. To his surprise, the song went viral, got shared with Maura and aired on CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett.
Austin Marolla's "I Can Love You From Anywhere" is streaming everywhere now:
Austin Marolla's "I Can Love You From Anywhere" (Official Music Video) on YouTube:
Then, Maura messaged Austin the most moving note of how the song impacted her, and was a beautiful tribute to the love she and Joe had. She said it helped lift her grief as the loneliness was settling in. Maura also discovered, after becoming friends with Austin on Facebook, that Joe and Austin both graduated from Msgr. Farrell High School on Staten Island, two years apart. As these connections were made, Maura and Austin realized that Joe might be trying to get a message to Maura from beyond, that he did hear Maura tell him that he was loved before passing and that message came through in Austin's song.
What Austin didn't know, was that he would have to Facetime goodbye a loved one due to the virus as well. Austin hopes we can all hold on to our love ones today. In the song, he speaks from the heart and reminds us that we can love one another no matter where we are. A reminder that rings true as we continue to quarantine.
As we welcome this new year with more CoVID cases rising, Austin hopes his song can reach people who might be able to donate and raise money for Maura's family and other causes, including local first responders and hospitals in need.
For more info on supporting the Lewinger family click below:
Austin Marolla, is both, a singer-songwriter and optometrist based in New York City. As a perfromer, Marolla has worked with artists such as Aloe Blacc, Cam, NEEDTOBREATHE, The Wainwright and Roches family, as well as Lou Reed. Dr. Marolla is also a former clinical faculty member at his alma mater - State University of New York College of Optometry and associate professor at City University of New York - College of Technology giving Homebound patients eye exams.
Austin made a video of the song in the hope of spreading this message of love. As we get closer to the anniversary of the pandemic, this story and song of love, that connects us all, needs to be heard and shared around the world.
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