LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Assemblyman Erik Simonsen recorded an original song that pays tribute to all those serving on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic from his home in Lower Township in Cape May County. Simonsen, who has spent more than two decades as a singer/songwriter, performs his “Thank You Song” in an Assembly GOP music video released today.
“I was inspired by how our essential employees didn’t blink an eye to help us get through this unprecedented crisis,” says Simonsen (R-Cape May). “I hope this song conveys our sincere appreciation for all the risks that those on the frontlines must face every day as the rest of us do our part to stay healthy and home.”
Images of health care workers, mail carriers, grocery store and warehouse employees and others flash across the screen as Simonsen sings, “This our thank you song for helping us get through what’s been going on.” Residents with homemade “thank you” signs also had the opportunity to show their appreciation in the video.
Simonsen, who represents the 1st legislative district, was sworn in as a member of the General Assembly in January of this year. He is also the front man of his band Twelve:01. Over the years he has performed with acclaimed artists such as They May Be Giants, Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band, Edwin McCain, Jewel and many others. He has also been featured on compilation CDs with artists like Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and George Thorogood.