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A 'Night Light' for Victims of Sandy Hook Shooting

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Tributes have been pouring in from across the country, following last week's tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. But a Sandy Hook tribute song by a rock band from Seneca Falls is now going viral.

Let's be honest: you don't expect a touching tribute, from a rock band whose first hit, was titled “Heartless.”

"In that song, I scream the word 'explode' as the first lyrics of the song," said Jon Lamanna, vocalist.

This is the unapologetic rock band, "Cry to the Blind." And if you're somehow missing their softer side, you're in for a surprise.

"I wrote music to it, and I actually didn't show it to the band for about two years. Because I didn't think they would like it, it's not typical of what we do,” Lamanna said.

The song is called "Night Light." It was recorded only a month ago, as an acoustic project.

But after Sandy Hook, inspiration took hold.

"I got a text message from my guitar player,” said Lamanna.

"I was laying in bed, I was watching the TV, and I said, “I gotta let Jonny know, we gotta try to make a video out of this,” said Matt Spaker.

"We just got the ball rolling all in one day. We really just put it together... and it came together great."

Any meaningful song transcends its own music and lyrics. It takes hold of us on a personal level.

For Jon and Matt, that meant dropping their front as musicians and looking for the light in their other job: as fathers.

"The song that we did, and the video, it really helps people feel better and stuff,” said Lily Matty, Jon’s daughter.

"It's just kind of a common thing, but it's still really sad,” said Maizy Spaker,” Matt’s daughter.

"If that's the perception of a nine-year-old, that it's common for someone to come into a school and shoot a bunch of innocent people, let alone a bunch of innocent children – then there is something wrong with our society,” Jon said.

"But then she looks at that video, and then it almost triggers in her brain: here's the faces of these kids and these teachers, she begins to really get it,” said Matt.

From time to time, many of us may have lost our way in the dark abyss of tragedy. Sometimes, even adults need a night light. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP