BARNEGAT, NJ - Richard Levoi joins many other Brooklyn transplants in moving to the Jersey shore. In Richard's case, he and his wife Jennifer came to Barnegat with a purpose. They wanted to be close to Jennifer's parents in Waretown. Like many people, Richard feels that the coronavirus crisis has created uncertainty and resulted in a great deal of negativety. He therefore took to song to bring some hope.
"We lived in New York during 9/11," shared Richard. "I remember everyone wondering how we would get past all of that and relied on optimism. It's the same now - we are the greatest country."
The downfall of the World Trade Centers impact the Levoi family up close and personal. Jennifer worked as an executive secretary at World Trade Center II and was lucky enough to escape the diaster. However, Richard believes his wife's Stage IV breast cancer diagnosis occurred because of Jennifer's environmental exposure during that time period. As they fight that battle together with their two children, Michael 9, and Sophia, 6, the Levoi's are all too familiar with uncertainty.
Richard has always used music as a means of expression. He's a trained pianist and is only a few credits shy of a degree in Music Arts at the College of Staten Island.
"They're using my old campus for extra hospital beds," Richard said. "It's all so surreal."
When he lived in Brooklyn, Richard became known as the guy who did Billy Joel tributes throughout the area. His song of hope during today's coronavirus crisis isn't his first original tune. In fact, another publication once credited Richard for his heartful ballad about Kings County.
It's today's song that is sure to hit the hearts of many who look for optimism. For those who want to follow the lyrics to "The Day We Beat Our Biggest Threat," they're here:
The sun will rise on the land that we love
We must fight and rise above
We wear masks we wear gloves
We stay at home
To protect all of the souls
No more concerts or superbowl's
A sacrifice to reach our goals
It's not far away
Before we all will gather in church's that's what matters
To thank god for everything
That he gave to us
Our country that stands by us
Together we will beat this virus
Nothing ever will divide us
We have our fears
That in time we will surpass
Challenges we face they will not last
The fireworks that we will blast
When we all win
It will be better than before
We all stood strong and won the war
Our country now will soar
Millions back to work
Smiles on their faces
All religions and races
Will be proud again
Mothers giving birth to new life and a new world
We all will go back to DisneyWorld
And we never will forget
The day we beat our biggest threat
In the meantime, the Levoi family could use some help. Anyone wishing to contribute to their GoFundMe page can find it here. On behalf of TAPintoBarnegat/Waretown, we thank Richard for sharing his song and wish his family the best.