Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Songs for EE in the News (December 23)

Happy Holidays all! Sing in a bright new year!
Environmental Songs
We are one of many groups around the world comprised of older women activists who are determined to change the world and leave it a better place for our ...

Music Australia - Environmental songs
Includes activities to enhance the appreciation of the environment. For children . Bibliography: Booklet, p. 40. Subject/Genre. Children's songs. ...
Randy Todd, Environmental Activist, Saving the Earth One Song at a ...
Green Movement in Music, Los Angeles Singer Songwriter and Activist Sings for Change

CD Baby: NOOSHI: Environmental Songs About Going Green
'Nooshi' shares ideas about 'GOING GREEN' and environmental conservation through these songs. NOOSHI is an aspiring Children's Music Artist and has two ...

TreeHugger Interviews Eliza Gilkyson, Folk Music's Environmental ...
Folk Music Troubadour, Eliza Gilkyson, is currently touring in support of her new release, 'Beautiful World', an album which tackles environmental issues, ...

The Environmental Song for Australia Contest The Environmental ...
Please accept this entry for The Environmental Song for Australia Contest as part of the. International Music Exhibtion. By submitting this application I ...

Jack Johnson Interview
Acoustic Guitar - USA
But rather than coast on the momentum of fame, Johnson quickly leveraged his celebrity status to shine a spotlight on the environmental issues that are ...
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Musician hopes to draw attention to environment at Alishan concert
eTaiwan News - Taiwan
Renowned Canadian environmental musician Matthew Lien hopes that his sunrise concert on Alishan Jan. 1 will concentrate the attention of more local ...
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FernGully - The Last Rainforest | Cool VHS
The environmental message here is well-suited for little ones - it is not over the top and put forth in a fun way. The songs are fun: "Life is a Magic Thing", "Batty Rap", "If I'm Gonna Eat Somebody", "Toxic Love", "Land of a Thousand ...
Cool VHS - http://www.coolvhs.co.cc/

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Don Waite gets a nod in Florida paper

Teaching Science With Song
Tampa Tribune - Tampa,FL,USA
Don Waite, a Canadian environmental scientist, works with fifth-grade students at James Sanderlin Elementary School in St Petersburg around a pond they ...
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Songs for EE in the News (November 08)

Magpie treats ecological issues with seriousness, humor
Schenectady Gazette - Schenectady,NY,USA
“We’ll be doing a variety of things around those themes, lots of songs that both celebrate as well as inform about the environmental world that we live in, ...
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Get Up in Canberra for the environment
By chriswhite
This morning the famous Chorus of Women sang new environmental songs. www.chorusofwomen.org. ‘A Chorus of Women came into being when 150 women filled the Australian Parliament with the song “Lament” on 18 March 2003, the day Australia’s ...
Chris White Online - http://chriswhiteonline.org

Corey Feldman Launches New Label - CiFi Records to Release New ...
Newswire Today (press release) - London,UK
The song is already creating buzz on the internet, with environmental groups adopting it as their theme song. The album was made with special 100% ...
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Seeking shelter through poetry and music
South County Independent - Wakefield,RI,USA
The mission of Notable Works is to raise awareness about environmental and social issues through the arts, while giving artists forums to express themselves ...
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Making Music From Sunshine
Green Muze - Salt Spring Island,British Columbia,Canada
And even though the topics I discuss in some of the songs can be quite serious issues, like environmental issues, you'll find that the message remains ...
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This is the "ENVIRONMENTAL LAW" Music Video...of sorts...many, many sorts...that was inspired by the website, ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE, and their Holiday song contest. Hope that you enjoy our creation... And Texas Tommy says, "Howdy! ...
ViroPOP - A Green Video Network - http://www.viropop.com/

Local musicians play benefit for environment
Traverse City Record Eagle - Traverse City,MI,USA
By VANESSA McCRAY TRAVERSE CITY -- Concert-goers can revel for a cause at a benefit for the environment. Local musicians Song of the Lakes, Robin Lee Berry ...
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Great Falls Community Concert Association presents the Fabulous ...
Great Falls Tribune - Great Falls,MT,USA
Today he is musically active in several medical and environmental causes. Bailey also performs regularly in nursing homes and Alzheimer's units, ...
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Memories of a road trip, driven by the price of gas
Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
The 1974 law that set the national limit at 55 -- and inspired one Samuel R. Hagar to write a song about the impossibility of driving at that pace -- was ...
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‘Promised’ keeper
Southern Voice - Atlanta,GA,USA
SoVo: With the “Promised Land” cover photo and the message of the environmental song “Go To The Woods,” is this disc your “An Inconvenient Truth”? ...
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Björk and Thom Yorke Will Release a Song to Promote Protecting ...
Spacelab - Minneapolis,MN,USA
Björk and Thom Yorke have collaborated on a new single to benefit the environment in Iceland. Thom has provided backing vocals for Bjork's song Nattura, ...
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What's Avaaz?
Vancouver Sun - British Columbia, Canada
... song by a dozen or so recording artists. The group is also the subject of an Elections Canada complaint from Environment Minister John Baird's campaign, ...
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Martha Wainwright: the importance of moving slowly
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
She's not just feeling guilty about the environmental impact of all that burned carbon. She's also pointing out how bad flying is for the mind, ...
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Friday, October 03, 2008

Listen to music and save trees -Pune-Cities-The Times of India

Listen to music and save trees -Pune-Cities-The Times of India: "Listen to music and save trees
26 Sep 2008, 0223 hrs IST,TNN
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PUNE: In a bid to spread the message of environment conservation, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has come up with an audio compact dis
c to be distributed free in schools and among citizens in the twin township.

The CD, titled ‘Atatari Jagu Dya Zhadala’ (Let the tree live), has eight songs on various environmental themes, rendered by Bhagyashree Abhyankar, Asavari Godbole, Dattaprasad Ranade, Vitthal Chavan, Omkar Kelkar, and Pandit Raju Sawar, who has also composed the songs."

(More at the news site...)

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Peter Puffin article Yukon News

Yukon News: "Arts and Entertainment Music makes the medicine go down

If family entertainer Peter Puffin was an unscrupulous business man, he would have used Canada’s Poopin’ Puffin to his advantage.

But the songsmith with an environmentalist twist isn’t a shady music business agent.

“If I was opportunistic, I could have used the ad to advance my own cause,” said Puffin.

So, the Conservative Party online ad featuring a puffin taking a midair dump on Liberal leader Stephane Dion passed without the entertainer making significant business moves.

Peter Puffin — Peter Lenton to his banker — is too earnest to take a crass incident and turn it into profit.

The singer-songwriter blends his background in biology and education into a touring performance about environmental stewardship, science and community involvement.

It’s a serious message the award-winning musician wraps in light-hearted performance, which he takes to the Yukon this week.

Puffin, whose name originates with a summer spent in northern coastal Quebec ferrying children to a puffin nesting ground to teach them about animal life — an emotional experience he remembered for years — played the Dawson City Music Festival in 2001 and appeared at a Whitehorse storytelling festival shortly after.

On Thursday, he returns for a week’s worth of music and workshops.

The first two days of the Yukon tour will be spent with local teachers in workshops at the Yukon Teachers’ Association fall conference.

Saturday he plays a concert at the Old Fire Hall with local family entertainer Remy Rodden — a “good ol’ buddy,” said Puffin.

The following week will take Puffin to rural schools in Teslin and Carcross, with more stops planned.

Environmental stewardship underlies Puffin’s music in songs like Extinction Train, Proud Like a Mountain and the Whales are Waiting.

A former teacher, Puffin is a student for life.

“Everywhere there are ideas that I can blend or adapt into music or the workshops,” said Puffin.

“The best teachers are great listeners. They’re always listening for a good idea to share.”

The ideas Puffin likes to share about endangered species or industrial farming or hunting can hit the wrong note for some people.

He takes pains not to come off as preachy in his performances, gently embedding ideas into his music.

“If there is a message — it’s OK to hunt, but with regard to animal populations — you weave them into songs, and you give the audience a choice, to take the message or just listen to the music,” said Puffin.

Puffin, 47, grew up in Ottawa and around southern Ontario before landing in Edmonton where he now lives.

A former biologist and teacher, Puffin began using music to teach his students lessons towards the end of a school year.

His success led to requests from other teachers for Puffin to teach a couple of their classes in trade for some of his.

Positive feedback gave him the idea to road test his act.

Puffin thought he’d entertain kids for a year and head back to the classroom.

“But that was in 1996,” he said.

Twelve years later, business is strong.

He’s played more than 2,500 concerts and played for more than 1,000,000

With over a million served, Puffin is like a healthy educational alternative to McDonald’s. Food for the mind.

Years of word-of-mouth praise has propelled him across Canada for tours that include hundreds of shows every year.

“The travelling life suits me well,” said Puffin.

His first year of continual touring he played 200 plus shows, and followed that with 303 performances in 365 days.

“That was too many to sustain one’s health,” he said.

Puffin’s shtick is anchored in the idea of music as universal language.

“You can use music to teach anything,” he said.

Using the science curriculum for his target audience, Puffin wrote song lyrics based on what’s taught in the classroom.

“When the kids sing along in concerts, they’re memorizing stuff the teacher wanted to them to learn,” said Puffin.

The act includes lots of physical activity to help the memorization, creating a highly interactive concert experience.

For one song, Puffin will have kids stretch their arms above their heads to mimic a whale spout while making whooshing sounds.

He has instruments audience volunteers can play, and costumes for children to wear to interactive with others in the crowd.

Visual stimuli in musical education experience can be used in any subject, not just environmentalism, said Puffin.

Teaching a class about numerators and denominators, Puffin brought two volunteer students to the front of the classroom.

He got one ­— the numerator — to stand on top of a desk and the other to crawl below, representing the denominator.

“You hook them physically,” said Puffin.

“Just those simple demonstrations and they never forget.”

Puffin follows a long line of venerable Canadian family entertainers with a message, like Fred Penner and Raffi, the latter of whom has stepped up his environmental activism.

But Puffin believes a fine line separates him from the rest.

“Those guys are phenomenal at what they do — they’re masters,” he said. “But these guys awre working in the entertainment industry and (gear) their material to a very young audience.”

Puffin is in the educational business that “has some spill over into the music business.”

Puffin and Rodden play the Old Fire Hall Saturday at 2 p.m.

Advance tickets, available at Yukon Arts Centre of Arts Underground, are $20 per family or $7 individually, or $25 and $9 at the door.

Children under three get in free.


full story by Jeremy Warren"

Concert benefits environmental sustainability, education | delawareonline | The News Journal

Concert benefits environmental sustainability, education | delawareonline | The News Journal: "Environmentalists, musicians, teachers…all of these words describe the performing duo Magpie. Touring for over three decades, Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino will sing Songs of Sustainability on Saturday, October 25th at 8 p.m. at First and Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE. The fabulous, world-renowned duo have been featured presenters for environmental education associations around the country and supporters of the work of organizations such as the National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Park Service. The proceeds of this concert will benefit Hazon and its sister organization, the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership as they strive to promote a more sustainable society in the Israel, the United States and worldwide."

Monday, September 22, 2008

Songs for EE (pop influence) (Sept 22)

Band tours via bike
Wesleyan Argus - Middletown,CT,USA
The Ginger Ninjas’ songs all deal with environmental or political causes, or the theme of liberating oneself from society’s constraints. ...
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PR-USA.net (press release) - Varna,Bulgaria
9/18/08 - Denver, CO - "WALK MORE SOFTLY" is the dynamic new single from 1970s hit-makers FIREFALL, an environmental 'green' song with a humble message of ...
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The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Guitarist Stanley Jordan offers music therapy for people and the ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com - Newark,NJ,USA
With it, Jordan hopes to raise awareness of environmental issues. "We need to expand, in terms of our circle of care," he says. "Instead of just thinking ...
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The Duhks Unlimited by Worldly Musical Influences
CMT.com - Nashville,TN,USA
Not surprisingly, the band is also interested in conservation and launched an environmental sustainability project at GreenDuhks.com, to counteract their ...
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Friday, September 19, 2008

Al Gore sings “How on Earth”? — A climate song gathers steam in a warming world

Al Gore Changes Tune

September 11, 2008

al goreAl Gore sings “How on Earth”? — A climate song gathers steam in a warming world

By Dan Bloom

BOSTON, MASS (RUSHPRNEWS) 9/11/2008– — When the Texan producers of a global warming protest song titled “How on Earth” went looking for a singer to perform the moving ballad online, they found someone who sounds very much like Al Gore.

He agreed to perform the song in a quiet studio and make the recording available free of charge online, worldwide. Listen to the voice and judge for yourself. It might even be Al Gore himself.
“How on Earth” is a song to try to wake people up to the dire future that might lie in store for humankind if CO2 emissions are not cut worldwide soon.

Time is running out; no, time has already run out, some experts say. We need action now. So this song, partly sung and partly spoken, is alarm bell set to a quiet melody that just might wake more people up. It is currently online in France on a music share site, and here is the link:

Did the planet get this way?


Did we mess up this way?


Are we gonna find the way?


Are we gonna reach that day? ….”

“How on Earth” isn’t the only song reaching out to climate activists.

At a recent climate rally in New York state, American folksinger Pete Seger sang “My Rainbow Race,” his popular 1967 song that has also become something of an anthem for climate campaigners because the lyrics speak of the atmosphere and oceans as shared resources.

The song begins:”One blue sky above us, One ocean lapping all our shores,

One Earth so green and round, Who could ask for more? ”

The lyrics also, in classic Pete Seeger fashion, toss a dart at those people, maybe government officials, maybe corporate honchos, impeding change:

“Some folks want to be like an ostrich,

Bury their heads in the sand.

Some hope that plastic dreams

Can unclench all those greedy hands.

And Seger’s song also speaks of intergenerational obligations

“Go tell, go tell all the little children.

Tell all their mothers and fathers, too - Now’s our last chance to learn to share What’s been given to me and you.

Give it a listen, too, after you hear Al Gore’s singing “How on Earth”.


About the author:

Dan Bloom is a Rush PR News political and environmental news columnist/reporter and a freelance writer from Boston, who has been based in Asia since 1991. He graduated from Tufts University in 1971 and has worked in media, public relations and education in several countries. He is currently doing research on climate change and global warming as the founder of the Polar Cities Research Institute. His email is: danbloom@RushPRnews.com

Monday, September 15, 2008

Songs for EE in the News (Sept 15)

Hymn a reminder of interdependence
In-Forum - Fargo,ND,USA
I, too, like the hymn “This is My Song,” which reminds me to strive for humility and to remember our interdependence with all creatures of this, our Earth.
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Pete Seeger, The Original Green Troubadour, Still Fighting For ...
Top40-Charts.com - New York,NY,USA
... who has spent his entire career fighting for the environment, continues to spread the message of ecological responsibility through song and action. ...
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Calexico's School of Philosophy
All About Jazz - Philadelphia,PA,USA
As Burns points out, the environment, particularly, “is a theme that's always run through our work since 1996 when we started putting out songs. ...
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Song of the Day
By Robert Rouse
From 1970, George Harrison Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) Have a suggestion for a social, political, or environmental song for this feature? Tell me. [See post to listen to audio]. Share/Save/Bookmark.
Left of Centrist - http://loc.rousefamily.com/leftofcentrist

Ottawa Citizen - Ontario, Canada
... Sacks. the McGill prof draws from multiple wells of reference and recollection in The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature. ...
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The green Miley | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist

The green Miley | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist: "The green Miley
Popster Miley Cyrus pens 'eco-anthem'

Photo: mileycyrus.com

Fifteen-year-old Disney pop starlet Miley Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana) wants America to wake up and deal with global warming ... though she's not quite sure what that means. At least, that's what she admits in a song -- dubbed an 'eco-anthem' by some, though I'm curious what qualifies it as an anthem -- on her new release Breakout."

Monday, July 21, 2008

Songs for EE in the News (July 21)

Eaton Bank goes green
Congleton Guardian - Congleton,Cheshire,UK
Prior to the event, a number of students were responsible for writing the school`s own Eco song which was recorded by all students in Years 7, 8 and 9. ...
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Natalie Portman
By noreply@blogger.com (jopie33)
... which means 'to play'. In 2007, she launched her own brand of vegan footwear. Portman has been an advocate of environmental causes since childhood, when she joined an environmental song and dance troupe known as World Patrol Kids. ...
All Celebs 4U - http://allcelebs.blogspot.com/

Monday, July 14, 2008

Environment and Song July 08

Sarah Harmer among finalists for national honour
Burlington Post - Burlington,ON,Canada
A few years ago she recorded a folk song, Escarpment Blues, which tells the story of a land-use conflict on the escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve ...
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Are You Plugged In?
By rustedrobot
Stoltz tracked his electricity use and with the help of the Green-e program, offset the all the
electricity used to record his record with green tags from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. In Kelley’s words: “Using renewable ...
RustedRobot: The Tife & Limes... - http://rustedrobot.com

That’s not punk!
By underground
When do those bands otherwise make a stand an environmental issues? Punk bands have been singing about the environment for decades. It appears as though many musicians jump on the bandwagon, adopting causes in a desperate profit driven ...
Undergroundnetwork - http://undergroundnetwork.wordpress.com

Dancing to save the planet: the world’s first sustainable nightclub
Times Online - UK

As I stomped to Amy Winehouse’s version of Valerie (a recycled song!) and the screen told me that “300 million children have no access to health services”, ...

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Songs for EE in the News (July 9)

Festival setting the 'green' standard
MLive.com - MI,USA
The music industry was challenged by Bud Ward, an environmental journalist and Yale University academic about the lack of "green" songs to inspire the ...
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Cobalt takes on shades of green on and off stage
Chicago Sun-Times - United States
"The environment's something we care about individually," Plotsky said. "And we can use the music we love to encourage people to do something about it."
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Kelley Stoltz: California dreamin' of singing songs in Liverpool
Drowned In Sound - London,UK
Environmental concerns clearly weigh heavy on your mind, at least enough to make a point of recording Below The Branches while monitoring electricity use, ...
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Monday, June 30, 2008

Songs for EE in the News, June 2008

Musical star-power unites for Algonquin cause
Kingston This Week - Ontario, Canada
The music comes from a deep commitment to aboriginal rights, social justice and environmental protection. A number of artists wrote songs specifically for ...

Al Gore Fights King Cole With Song
National Post - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Having tried, he tells us, to get his point across by every other available means, he has finally settled on "the most powerful weapon on Earth:musical ...
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The minister of culture will see you now
San Diego Union Tribune - United States
A member of the Green Party since the early 1990s, Gil has written many songs about the environment and participated in global meetings about conservation. ...

Kids get friendly with the environment
London Free Press - Canada
By KATHY RUMLESKI Chanting "We will, we will recycle" to the tune of Queen's catchy rock song, about 300 kids watched and heard how cool recycling can be. ...
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Earth Music - Various Artists
By Bob, Brisbane, Australia(Bob, Brisbane, Australia)
Australian artists to be part of the Earth Music Trust, to raise funds for Greening Australia. All Artists donated their times and potential royalties to the project and many of the song writers and publishers as well. ...
Song of the Paddle Forum : :... - http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum

Book Review: This Is Your Brain On Music | KXNet.com North Dakota News
Reiten Television KXMB Bismarck - Bismarck,ND,USA
The book is occasionally a little "heady" but then you'll flip the page and he'll bring it all back down to earth by using some Paula Abdul song, ...

MUSIC: Eco-Elvis "Earth Day Rock" from 'Burnin' Globe' (Matt ...
Living on the Earth - Cambridge,MA,USA
RIGGS: Actually, it's – well like with the song "I Reduce, I Reuse, I Recycle," it's kind of a, a phrasing thing. You know it's like, "I Want You, ...
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Celebrate world environment day with song of the earth
India Infoline.com - Mumbay,India
Animal Planet, in its special eight-hour long programme line-up, Song of the Earth: Celebrating World Environment Day will address these critical issues and ...
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Saving The World With A Song
Torontoist - Ontario, Canada
With news of environmental disaster a daily reality, artistic response on the topic couldn’t be more timely. But instead of poe-faced polemics and dour ...
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Who says climate change isn't funny?
Globe and Mail - Canada
Together, they plan to stop Powers by posting an inspirational song on MyFaceTube. An environmental-themed musical about a young rebel falling for the ...

The Waybacks: Loaded, Album Review
By MusicAndArtsBlog(MusicAndArtsBlog)
“Nice to be Alone” is a classic pop song without any hints that the band playing might have been a called a bluegrass band. “Beyond the
Northwest Passage” is a sea shanty Celtic tune, which critiques environmental degradation in a salty ...

Children parade through Basseterre to save planet
SKNVibes.com - Basseterre,St. Kitts and Nevis
I heard the Cayon group even chanted their own song to go along with the theme,” said Francis. “Our department has often targeted high schools, ...
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Clearwater announces film competition finalists
Lower Hudson Journal news - West Harrison,NY,USA
The films are mostly music videos - bluesy calls for environmental action and folksy odes to

Faith leaders: People ready to change lifestyles
Salisbury Post - Salisbury,NC,USA
Sleeth said he recently spoke to 2000 elementary students at a school assembly in
California, during which they sang several environmental songs with the ...
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MySpace.com - IYPE STUDENTS - NL - Dutch pop - www.myspace.com/iypestudents

MySpace.com - IYPE STUDENTS - NL - Dutch pop - www.myspace.com/iypestudents

Youth copmposed song "Mother Earth" on MySpace.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Songs for EE in the News, late May 2008

Pupils make song and dance over green achievements
Aberdeen Press and Journal - Aberdeen,Scotland,UK
YOUNGSTERS at a north-east primary school are making a song and dance about their latest environmental achievement. Rosehearty School has become one of just ...

A sneak peek at Rothbury music festival
Ludington Daily News - Ludington,MI,USA
The creators of Rothbury hope to spread the word about the world’s growing environmental problems. To lower the event’s own carbon footprint, ...
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China's 'Super Girl' Navigates Her Own 'Idol' Fame
Last year, she recorded a Brit-pop-style tune called "Green," to support the environmental group Greenpeace. In one song on Youth of China, Lee runs down ...
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Raising her voice, taking a stance: Sheryl Crow's new music ...
The Birmingham News - al.com - Birmingham,AL,USA
Not the usual agenda for a singer-songwriter who's coming to town, but Crow, 46, has forged a reputation as an environmental and political activist, ...
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blogTO - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
... a resounding chorus for the environment during the performance of his new song, Walk and Roll (download the song for free at http:www.fiddlefire.com). ...
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Friday, May 23, 2008

From Grist: singer goes green


He's Got the Remedy
Jason Mraz sings the praises of a simpler life

You may know him as the geek in the pink, but these days Jason Mraz is the geek in the green. From co-founding a bamboo T-shirt line to making his latest tour more sustainable, the singer has made a commitment to eco-living at work and at home. He talks with Sarah van Schagen about his musical role models, his converted crew, and why he'll never sing about recycling.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Songs for EE in the News (April-May)

Mother Earth is HOT
Arkansas Democrat Gazette - AR,USA
Musicians who have not yet added a green-theme song to their catalogs seemed to apologize for their inability to offer up an Earth Day anthem. ...
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The environmentalist's song; Green-Up's Donald Fraser has fused ...
Peterborough Examiner - Peterborough,Ontario,Canada
Late in the afternoon on Earth Day, Peterborough Green-Up's Donald Fraser rides into Ecology Park on his bicycle, guitar slung on his back, the hair under ...
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Cloud Cult goes green with every note
Chicago Sun-Times - United States
BY ALLISON AUGUSTYN For the band Cloud Cult, every day is Earth Day. It's not unusual to find environmental politics mixed up in modern music, ...

Beauty queens on environment mission
ABS CBN News - Philippines
This tour involves past and present Ms. Earth ambassadors who talk to students about the environment. Their teaching strategies usually begin with a song, ...

How to sing like a planet Scientists say the Earth is humming. Not ...
San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA
The Earth is humming. Singing. Churning out a tune without the aid of battery or string or wind-up mechanism and its song is ethereal and mystifying and ...

Earth Day music to your ears
UNLV The Rebel Yell - Las Vegas,NV,USA
He sings about the pain and suffering of planet Earth as people keep abusing it. Unfortunately, the song isn't very catchy, and I personally think the ...

Students Sing 'Green Song' For Recycling
NBC6.net - Miami,FL,USA
Greening The Earth: Part 3 Glass Of Green? When you are debating whether ... Greening The

Finale to Earth Day Celebration
Newport News Times - Newport,OR,USA
"Who'll Watch the Homeplace" - an IBMA Song of the Year - conveys "a down-to-earth, down-home, deeply rooted conversation" that looks at life in unexpected ...

Earth Day growing
Vancouver Courier - BC, Canada
Those who want to commune with nature can kick off Earth Day on April 26 with song. The Hastings Park Conservancy invites residents to join naturalist Al ...

How To Be Greener Than The Trees On Earth Day, April 22, 2008
By Jeff
Grab yourself a free download of our song Greener Than The Trees. No, it's not specific to Earth Day, but it sure is pretty darn green. Email the song to a friend or 3. Check out the green festivities over at www.earthday.net, ...
100 Year Picnic - http://www.100yearpicnic.com/blog/

Planetpals Earth Characters a Brighter Shade of Green
Animation World Network - Los Angeles,CA,USA
The Planetpals theme song "You can be a Planetpal, too," like all of its unique content, teaches kids that by doing their part they can be a Planetpal at ...
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Life’s Short
Anchorage Press - Anchorage,AK,USA
... steady focus on humanitarian and environmental issues. Cockburn (pronounced “co-burn”), has not only made it a point to reflect his convictions in song, ...

Postcard from the past
Jerusalem Post - Israel
Singer Joni Mitchell probably wasn't aware that when she wrote that line in "Big Yellow Taxi" - a song about environmental degradation, irretrievable loss ...
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Firefighters’ band is all fired upInquirer.net - Philippines
Another song on the album, “Pinagpalang Kalikasan (Blessed Environment),” sings of the
importance of environmental preservation,

Beauty queens on environment mission
By johnnytalkback
This tour involves past and present Ms. Earth ambassadors who talk to students about the environment. Their teaching strategies usually begin with a song, followed by a short lecture (reason being the short attention span of children). ...
Ilovepinoys - http://ilovepinoys.wordpress.com

Activists protest Tory filibustering of climate change law
Edmonton Journal - Edmonton,Alberta,Canada
... would behave respectfully and after the Raging Grannies, a singing seniors' protest group, belted out a song mocking Environment Minister John Baird. ...

Eco-Rock: Jack Johnson supports Mixed Greens
The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com - Grand Rapids,MI,USA
Next month, one of those booths will feature Grand Rapids' Mixed Greens and Blandford Nature Center. Better yet, Johnson has awarded the groups a $500 grant ...
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Folk singer offers ‘song for a small planet’
Republican Eagle - Red Wing,MN,USA
A native of Minnesota with a background in theology, Mayer frequently delves into science and
nature as well as “things spiritual.”

Bob and Sarah Dylan Saving Your Vocal Chords and the Environment
Indymedia Estrecho - Andalucía,Ceuta y Melilla,Spain
You cannot break the law of nature, but if you do it will break your back. It’s like asking, “How can I have unprotected sex with multiple partners and not ...

Thursday, May 08, 2008

How to sing like a planet: great article

How to sing like a planet

Scientists say the Earth is humming. Not just noise, but a deep, astonishing music. Can you hear it?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

This is the kind of thing we forget.

This is the kind of thing that, given all our distractions, our celeb obsessions and happy drugs and bothersome trifles like family and bills and war and health care and sex and love and porn and breathing and death, tends to fly under the radar of your overspanked consciousness, only to be later rediscovered and brought forth and placed directly in front of your eyeballs, at least for a moment, so you can look, really look, and go, oh my God, I had no idea.

The Earth is humming. Singing. Churning out a tune without the aid of battery or string or wind-up mechanism and its song is ethereal and mystifying and very, very weird, a rather astonishing, newly discovered phenomena that's not easily analyzed, but which, if you really let it sink into your consciousness, can change the way you look at everything.

Indeed, scientists now say the planet itself is generating a constant, deep thrum of noise. No mere cacophony, but actually a kind of music, huge, swirling loops of sound, a song so strange you can't really fathom it, so low it can't be heard by human ears, chthonic roars churning from the very water and wind and rock themselves, countless notes of varying vibration creating all sorts of curious tonal phrases that bounce around the mountains and spin over the oceans and penetrate the tectonic plates and gurgle in the magma and careen off the clouds and smack into trees and bounce off your ribcage and spin over the surface of the planet in strange circular loops, "like dozens of lazy hurricanes," as one writer put it.

It all makes for a very quiet, otherworldly symphony so odd and mysterious, scientists still can't figure out exactly what's causing it or why the hell it's happening. Sure, sensitive instruments are getting better at picking up what's been dubbed "Earth's hum," but no one's any closer to understanding what the hell it all might mean. Which, of course, is exactly as it should be.

Because then, well, then you get to crank up your imagination, your mystical intuition, your poetic sensibility — and if there's one thing we're lacking in modern America, it's ... well, you know.

Me, I like to think of the Earth as essentially a giant Tibetan singing bowl, flicked by the middle finger of God and set to a mesmerizing, low ring for about 10 billion years until the tone begins to fade and the vibration slows and eventually the sound completely disappears into nothingness and the birds are all, hey what the hell happened to the music? And God just shrugs and goes, well that was interesting.

Or maybe the planet is more like an enormous wine glass, half full of a heady potion made of horny unicorns and divine lubricant and perky sunshine, around the smooth, gleaming rim of which Dionysus himself circles his wet fingertip, generating a mellifluous tone that makes the wood nymphs dance and the satyrs orgasm and the gods hum along as they all watch 7 billion confused human ants scamper about with their lattes and their war and their perpetually adorable angst, oblivious.

But most of all, I believe the Earth actually (and obviously) resonates, quite literally, with the Hindu belief in the divine sound of OM (or more accurately, AUM), that single, universal syllable that contains and encompasses all: birth and death, creation and destruction, being and nothingness, rock and roll, Christian and pagan, meat and vegetable, spit and swallow. You know?

But here's the best part: This massive wave of sound? The Earth's deep, mysterious OM, it's perpetual hum of song? Totally normal — that is, if by "normal" you mean "unfathomably powerful and speaking to a vast mystical timelessness we can't possibly comprehend."

Indeed, all the spheres do it, all the planets and all the quasars and stars and moons and whirlpool galaxies, all vibrating and humming like a chorus of wayward deities singing sea shanties in a black hole. It's nothing new, really: Mystics and poets and theorists have pondered the "music of the spheres" (or musica universalis) for eons; it is the stuff of cosmic philosophy, linking sacred geometry, mathematics, cosmology, harmonics, astrology and music into one big cosmological poetry slam.

Translation: You don't have to look very far to understand that human beings — hell, all animals, really — adore song and music and tone and rhythm, and then link this everyday source of life straight to the roar of the planet itself, and then back out to the cosmos.

In other words, you love loud punk? Metal? Jazz? Deep house? Saint-Saens with a glass of Pinot in the tub? Sure you do. That's because somewhere, somehow, deep in your very cells and bones and DNA, it links you back to source, to the Earth's own vibration, the pulse of the cosmos. Oh yes it does. To tap your foot and sway your body to that weird new Portishead tune is, in effect, to sway it to the roar of the universe. I mean, obviously.

At some point we'll probably figure it all out. Science will, with its typical charming, arrogant certainty, sift and measure and quantify this "mystical" Earthly hum, and tell us it merely comes from, say, ocean movements, or solar wind, or 10 billion trees all deciding to grow a quarter millimeter all at once. We will do as we always do: oversimplify, peer through a single lens of understanding, stick this dazzling phenomenon in a narrow category, and forget it.

How dangerously boring. I much prefer, in matters mystical and musical and deeply cosmic, to tell the logical mind to shut up and let the soul take over and say, wait wait wait, maybe most humans have this divine connection thing all wrong. Maybe God really isn't some scowling gay-hating deity raining down guilt and judgment and fear on all humankind after all.

Maybe she's actually, you know, a throb, a pulse, a song, deep, complex, eternal. And us, well, we're just bouncing and swaying along as best we can, trying to figure out the goddamn melody.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Eco Elvis...now here's a spin

Eco Elvis
The Environmentally Friendly Elvis


"The oceans could start rising,
Floods and droughts could come our way,
People, plants and animals could start dying
From a burnin' globe" - Burnin' Globe

Hello, I'm Eco Elvis. I'm Kansas City's own environmentally friendly Elvis impersonator. My job is to educate people and get them to take action for the environment. I do this by singing recycled versions of the King's songs and speaking to diverse audiences. Song titles include Burnin' Globe (Burning Love), Can't Help Recycling It All (Can't Help Falling In Love), etc.

This web site has two main purposes: to let you find out more about me, my shows and music and to give you the best information to take action for the environment in your daily life. So, enjoy it babuh, and...thankyuh, thankyuhverymuch for visiting!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Songs for EE in the News, April 3, 2008

Furtado's light shines through
Toronto Star - Ontario, Canada
"Happy Earth Hour, Toronto," she yelled at the screaming crowd. By the time she got to the last verse of the song, urging the crowd to sing along, ...
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Turn out the lights, Calgary
Canada.com - Hamilton,Ontario,Canada
Nelly Furtado took to the stage at a green-powered concert at Toronto's city hall, singing her hit song Turn off the Light - the official theme song of the ...
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Jack Johnson shines in the dark
Sunday Times.au - Perth,WA,Australia
While people across WA reduced their carbon footprint for one night, Johnson crooned the song, Girl I Want To Lay You Down, belting out the very fitting ...
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Working with EEK!
Malta Independent Online - Malta
Suggested activities for this term are: creating a pen-friend club, singing or dancing to a song that focuses on the environment. This song should be ...
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Tie me emissions down, sport, tie me …
Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The legendary Perth-born performer has changed the lyrics to his classic Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport to create a special song for Saturday's event. ...
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With Cloud Cult's New Eco-Friendly Album, Green Means Go
Spinner - New York,NY,USA
"If I'm finished writing a song and I don't feel like a better person for it, then I didn't write a good song." The band, just back from SXSW, ...
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Virgin Blue goes black for Earth Hour
Brisbane Times - Brisbane,Queensland,Australia
Godfrey then introduced a traditional indigenous welcome ceremony, which included traditional song and dance and the secret involvement of a surprise ...
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Monday, March 17, 2008

Naturesongs Links Page

Naturesongs Links Page: "Links to Other Sound, Bird and Environmental Pages
These are sounds, bird-related and environmental pages I've visited and enjoyed. The great thing is the ability we now have to compare bird songs and other local sounds from one area to similar songs and sounds from other parts of the world. It is wonderful to be able to compare the song of a Cardinal recorded in Arizona to one from New York! They are different in a dialectic way, and I'm convinced they carry different information. See what you think as you explore."

Friday, March 14, 2008

Potpourri of Songs for EE in the News March 2008

Crow should be proud of new album
Deseret News - Salt Lake City,UT,USA
In the album's first half, Crow belts out political and environmental issues with wry bliss: Her catchy rock/pop/blues melodies never sounded better ...
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The Office beckons for a Collective homecoming
London Free Press - Canada
Many of Wassabi's lyrics spread messages of environmental, social and spiritual activism. The quintet released their first full-length studio record, ...
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Manhandling the Environment
By The Viewspaper
Will some XYZ celebrity singing a song, which incidentally not even remotely related to the very purpose of the event, be able to generate awareness about conserving the environment. I believe it will do nothing more than entertain the ...
- http://theviewspaper.net

Getting back to the garden in song
Boston Globe - United States
On the side, he writes his own music under the name EnPossant about environmental and social justice issues. His song "Erflings" talks about poverty and ...
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Just Asking: The Long Green Road
Wall Street Journal - USA
... trying to use his popularity to push for environmental change in the concert business. A lifelong surfer from Hawaii known for his laid-back rock songs, ...
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Just Asking: The Long Green Road
Wall Street Journal - USA
... trying to use his popularity to push for environmental change in the concert business. A lifelong surfer from Hawaii known for his laid-back rock songs, ...
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Little Aussie Butler returns
Adelaidenow - Australia
But one thing that's been consistent over his entire career is the social conscience often environmental - of his work. ``I'm inspired by a lot of political ...
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The Close Shave/Env Science Song
By admin
On Friday 11th May, I had all my hair shaved off for chraity and here is the proof! Also, the music is an environmental science song called ‘Eutrophication’, which I used for no particular reason. ShareThis.
Next VDO - http://nextvdo.com

Music and radical politics
Green Left Weekly - Chippendale,NSW,Australia
When Midnight Oil was making music about the need to protect the environment, the environmental movement in Australia was growing. ...
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Sounds: Sheryl Crow's bad times infuse the songs on new disc
Toledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USA
Angry at environmental decay? Check. ("Gasoline"). So by the time you're five tracks into the album it's not like she doesn't have a point, but isn't there ...
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By Ian Paul Marshal(Ian Paul Marshal)
Sing or listen to "Earth" songs. There are many Earth Day song lyrics available on the internet. Many follow well-known tunes. These make a fantastic classroom activity and help younger children to become interested in environmental ...
Your Great Awakening - http://yourgreatawakening.blogspot.com/