Singing a different tune Residents have their own suggestions for JC official song
by Ricardo Kaulessar Reporter staff writer

Ever since the Reporter noted last month that Jersey City has had an official song since 1947, when Pennsylvania coal miner Ted Lovick won a contest, local residents have had some of their own ideas.

Lovick's song, some said, is a little too cheery. It also hasn't really been performed since the State Theater and a local newspaper sponsored the contest in 1947.

So far, a few residents have penned their own modern versions, some referring to the city's cultural diversity.Inspired by article

Music has been in 47-year-old producer David Musial's life since the age of 7.

A resident of Jersey City's Newport area for the past 18 years, Musial is the director of the Music & Technology B.A. program at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. He is also the founder and CEO of The One World Artists Group, a multimedia corporation, and One Traxx Records.

Musial has had his work featured on MTV and has won accolades from the White House and the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

Musial said that after reading the Reporter article last month, he was


inspired to pen "Jersey City's The Melting Pot!" He also was inspired by a walk through Newport's Town Square earlier this month.

"There was this event called Newport Beach Party and they brought all kinds of ethnic groups together in one place," Musial said. "What I saw were over 200 people and there had to be over 100 different ethnic backgrounds."

He continued, "And so I saw your article, came up the elevator, and was writing the words on my cell phone." He added more lyrics including spoken-word chorus in various styles, such as rap and Spanish reggaeton.

He envisions a "melting pot" of ethnic instruments such as congas, steel drums, sitars and accordions.

"I thought, you know, it really still is a melting pot of America. It's a phrase we don't hear anymore, but it's true," Musial said.

He plans to give copies of the music to local schools, churches and civic organizations if they choose to perform it. (See sidebar for lyrics.)

He said the original city song " reminds me of a time when music was

gleeful, very sweet and wholesome and it would have been a pop hit song. But today, it wouldn't get too much attention." Resident finds sheet music

Norman Donegan, 67, remembered some sheet music he bought about three years ago and stored away in his home in the city's Bergen-Lafayette section.

"I read that article on the official song and I check[ed] through what I had,

" Donegan said, "and guess what, there was a copy of the Jersey City song." Donegan pulled out of a briefcase a booklet with the title "Jersey City, N.J." on the front cover along, with a photo of singer and comedian Morey Amsterdam, one of the judges of the 1947 contest. Also listed are Lovick's name and the publishers of the sheet music, Peer International Corporation in New York City. Inside, the actual notes are printed. (more...)

Donegan describes himself as a "nostalgia guy" who likes collecting sheet music, old vinyl records, and any items related to music. In his youth, he sang in a number of Hudson County-based vocal groups.

One of them was the Ad-Libs, who scored a hit in March 1965 with the ditty "Boy from New York City." It was recorded again in 1982 by the jazz group The Manhattan Transfer. Donegan sang on and off with the Ad-Libs until 1988, but for his day job, he works for the New York State Institute of Basic Research at their Staten Island office.

Donegan, a native of Philadelphia who grew up in Bayonne and has lived in Jersey City since 1965, has been singing since the age of 10.

He took issue with comments made in the previous article that said the song "Jersey City, N.J.," needed to be updated.

"How do they know that?" Donegan asked. "They have to hear the song played to know if it isn't up-to-date."

s far as the sheet music, he had no idea of its value, but would entertain selling it "if the price is nice." Where's Lovick?

Another Reporter reader, Mitch Holsten, e-mailed some alternate lyrics (see sidebar), which he said were based on an old Palisades Park commercial.

And what of Ted Lovick of Stratford, Pa.? Efforts to track him or his family down have so far been unsuccessful. Ricardo Kaulessar can be reached at

Jersey City's The Melting Pot!"
By David Musial


Jersey City's the Melting Pot... of America
I love this place, it's the melting pot...of America
The view's intense, the people make sense
of the cultural diversity.
...and Jersey City, has the best view,
of the amazing Lady Liberty!

VERSE 1 (spoken word)

'Back in the day, in the 1600s,
Christopher Columbus hung out in Newport!
If you don't believe me, read the sign
In front of the PATH station, here in Newport.
The Port Authority Trans Hudson railway
Most think that's it's just a subway.
Little do most know, it's the first incredible tunnel

To cross the Hudson, it still is the fastest way!

VERSE 2 (spoken word)

I recently went to church in another city I was shocked by what I saw!
Everyone was from the very same culture. It was sad and boring, no diversity at all. Here in Jersey City, every moment is so different.
I can't keep track of all the languages.
It's so rich in culture and ethnic variety
It's an amazing city, no matter what YOUR language.

VERSE 3 (spoken word art)

'From Trump to Bank of America,
Chase and Goldman Sachs.
KTU, USA TV, Z100,
Now that's a cool match!
Newport is the largest mixed community, in the world,
Journal Square is now... "Hip to be Square"
The people are friendly, and the city's dog-friendly
And we have a bright, future-thinking, awesome mayor!

(Note: slightly after this article was published, Musial change the name to "The Amazing Lady Liberty" and altered the lyrics to support the name)