Abby Housberg wins WFEL/TRU songwriting competition

| 28 Sep 2017 | 11:46

— Warwick Valley High School junior Abby Housberg has won this year's original lyrics contest sponsored by Matt Barile, music director and owner of The Rock Underground in Greenwood Lake, and the Board of Directors of the Warwick Foundation for Excellence in Learning.
The original song is entitled “Sober.”
A metaphor“The song was not written about a specific experience," Housberg said. "I found that I could apply the metaphor to many different things in my life and love that others can, too.”
Barile selected Housberg’s submission for the WFEL/TRU Song Writing Competition fund raiser in mid-July.
Then over the next four to five weeks, the band Chemical Catastrophe (@ChemicalCatastropheNY) met weekly at The Rock Underground to compose, rehearse and eventually record the band’s individual tracks of instruments and vocals at The Rock Underground’s recording studio in Greenwood Lake.
”I've composed music before but never to this scale," said Connor Gargiulo, Chemical Catastrophe keyboardist and back up vocalist. "Its very different when you have to collaborate with others. We all have to agree on the same thing and I'm so proud of the results.”
Available for download“Sober” is now available for download from the following online stores: Itunes, Google play, Amazon Music, Microsoft Groove, You Tube, Spotify and Apple Music. (It can be found by searching “Sober” by Abby Housberg and Chemical Catastrophe.)
For the duration of 2017, 100 percent of the proceeds of the song purchases from these online stores is being donated by The Rock Underground and the band to the Warwick Foundation for Excellence in Learning.
In addition, The Rock Underground commits to anyone who mentions this article/fund raiser at sign up will have 10 percent of their tuition donated to WFEL until the end of this year.
Hear it live Sunday“Sober” will be performed live at AppleFest on Sunday, Oct. 1.
The Rock Underground, along with all of its performance groups, including Chemical Catastrophe, are set to perform from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Stanley Deming Park.
For more information on The Rock Underground call 845 595-1801, via email at or visiting the website or Facebook at or