Local Musicians Help Wildlife in Gulf

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 16, 2010 at 7:37 PM EDT

By Ginger Geoffery

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 16, 2010 at 7:37 PM EDT


As the frustration grows over the on-going oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico more and more people across the country are looking for ways they can help. The images of oil-soaked animals tugged at the emotions of Scott Celani of the Scott Celani Band here in Western New York, so Celani came up with the idea of donating proceeds from the sales of one of his songs to help rescue those animals.

Celani had already written the song "I'll Make It Up To You" before the oil leak crisis, but then seeing what was happening in the Gulf region got the singer-songwriter thinking about the song in a new light. "The idea with the wildlife is they had nothing to do with this and we have an obligation. We owe them. We need to make it up to them," explains Celani.

Celani worked with a local producer on a video for the song that is now posted on youtube.com. "It's just sort of a montage of the images, the just gut-wrenching images of what's going on with the wildlife down there," says Celani.

Downloads of the song sell for $1.99 with proceeds going to the National Wildlife Federation. "We can't all drop what we are doing to run down there to help out, but this is an opportunity for myself and everyone to get involved very easily," says Celani.

While there is much anger directed at B.P. and the government over the response to the leak Celani is asking people to think for a moment why there is deep water drilling in the first place. "We all know that B.P. is directly responsible for this. No one disputes that but in a roundabout way, not even a roundabout way we all bear some responsibility. We are the ones that consume the product and I don't say that to be political," says Celani, but he believes humans should now help the animals pull through this man-made disaster.

"That's where the concept of making it up to the wildlife comes in, and we can with things like this and I'm hoping this inspires other people to do their own thing," says Celani.

You can watch the video at the following website: http://www.youtube.com/makeituptothem

You can purchase the song for $1.99 at this website: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ScottCelaniBand1