Carman, Man., songwriter pens charity single to help friends through tragedy

When Nathan Strange’s friends lost their daughter in a tragic accident in early 2019, the Carman, Man., teacher and songwriter responded in the best way he could — through music.

Strange, who performs as The Rainy Day Apparel, has spent the last year painstakingly creating a tribute to three-year-old Abby Margetts. After dozens of attempts, he says he’s finally come up with a song he — and Abby’s family — can be proud of.

Moon, Light & Waves was released to the world Friday, and all funds raised from downloads are going to a local charity in Abby’s name, Danica and Abby’s Village.

“There’s just a ton of gravity behind a topic like that and if it ever sounded disingenuous and didn’t work, I kind of scrapped it,” Strange said about the songwriting process.

“I was probably through between 20 and 25 different songs, melodies… but this one just kind of seemed right. When you know, you know.

“It was at a point where I felt like we could take pride in it and release something and maybe get some donations towards Abby’s charity.”

The charity — named for Abby and another young girl who was killed in an accident, Danica DeLaroque — does good deeds for Manitoba children, including installing playground equipment and rainbow buddy benches.

 

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