Hot Springs, Virginia was rocked last week by an unspeakable tragedy that happened to a friend of mine, Creigh Deeds. Another friend, Jimmy Buffet, lent his skill and expertise to help make things just a little bit easier.
A tweet about Jimmy Buffett on Tuesday morphed into an ongoing online musical tribute for Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath). The former gubernatorial candidate was injured this week when his son Austin, 24, apparently stabbedDeeds before shooting himself in the Deeds home in Bath County.
Candace Bryan Abbey, author of that Buffett tweet and the wife of Deeds’s 2009 campaign manager, said she remembered Deeds’s passion for music and thought that the right songs might offer some measure of comfort to the Deeds family. This prompted her to tweet the hashtag ‘#whoareyoulisteningto’ to her followers.
Ben Tribbett, the Virginia political blogger of Not Larry Sabato,answered Abbeys music call-out and trimmed the tag to #CreighTunes. The subsequent retweets gave way to an outpouring of hundreds of song recommendations throughout the week. Tribbett and Abbeysaid they intend for list of songs to be seen by Deeds, as he recuperates from the injuries.
Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist that roams the Americas in search of social justice issues.
Deeds’s ownTwitterstream is dotted with mentions of his music preferences. He frequently lists artistssuch as Merle Haggard, John Coltrane, Drive-By Truckers and Led Zeppelin, alongside hiswork-related updates. Style Blog recently spoke to Abbey and Tribbett about how the #CreighTunes tag helped compile an even more diverse music catalog for Deeds.
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