Today, Helpful Humans releases a compilation album titled The Alchemy of Fire to benefit the victims of last year’s Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara, on the one-year anniversary of the catastrophic wildfire.
The massive Thomas Fire of 2017 burned over 281,000 acres affecting areas of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Until the Camp Fire this year, it was the largest wildfire in modern California history.
The Alchemy of Fire features a wide range collection of artists coming together for a common purpose – to raise money for the Greater Goods Ojai Relief Fund. All proceeds from the album will go to the non-profit Greater Goods Ojai Relief Fund, dedicated to those in the Ojai area who have significant losses & little support.
Ted Lennon, a local artist born and raised in the Ojai Valley who spearheaded this project, shares, “Inspiration for this project came soon after the Thomas Fire of 2017. I had to evacuate and felt like I didn’t pitch in to help with the fighting of the fires. The air quality was so poor we left the Ojai Valley as soon as possible. So in retrospect like many other residents I found myself feeling helpless…thinking ‘what can I do?’ My response: to curate a music compilation and donate 100% proceeds to the local non-profit Greater Goods Ojai Relief Fund. So I started reaching out to friends to see if they would be willing to contribute a song. The response from the local song riders was amazing. The only regret was that I couldn’t fit all submissions into one album!”
“The title The Alchemy of Fire came to me in the middle of the night,” he continues, “in a half-awakened state with this message…These fires are here to bring us closer, by teaching us the art of vulnerability. It is essential with Natural disasters of this magnitude to help one another with the slow road to recovery. Fire breaks down the old and makes way for the new growth, and although unwanted and terrifying, it inspires resilience from the earth and our communities. For this we are grateful.“
For more information on The Alchemy of Fire, visit thealchemyoffire.com.
For more on Helpful Humans, visit helpfulhumans.co.
To donate directly to Greater Goods Relief Fund, go to greatergoodsojai.org/relief.
Orpheo McCord – “As Within”
Aaron Embry – “Life Ahead”
Lissie – “Blue”
Jack Johnson – “Home (Live at Libby Bowl: Ojai, CA)”
Dave Palmer – “Ballad”
Ted Lennon – “Eating Crow”
Todd Hannigan – “Rainy Days”
Sea At Last – “Grass Is High”
Eric Sullivan – “This Is Life”
Sophie Holt – “Nothing Lasts Forever”
Jade Hendrix – “Show Them Love”
Radio Skies – “Do You Feel”
Mia Dyson – “Being Scared”
Peirson Ross – “Bicycle Song”
Vaugh Montgomery (The Chillz) – “I’ll Make It Home”
Torii Wolf – “Floaties”
Jeff Lennon – “Share of Fate”
Dan Malloy – “North to Indian Valley”
Tom Lennon – “Ordinary Cloudy Day”
Oliwa (feat. Otilieza) – “Give It All Away”