Sunday, August 06, 2006

When it hits, ya feel no pain…

Immortal words from Bob Marley, and ironic with the focus of Thom York’s (of Radiohead) new album, The Eraser, which has some strong sustainability themes – Grist reports on the details and motivations for this. Here’s a excerpt from the LA Times :

"In the paper one day, Jonathan Porritt was basically dismissing any commitment that the working government has toward addressing global warming, saying that their gestures were like King Canute trying to stop the tide," Yorke said of the British environmentalist. "And that just went 'kaching' in my head. It's not political, really, but that's exactly what I feel is happening. We're all King Canutes, holding our hands out, saying, 'It'll go away. I can make it stop.' No, you can't."

My good friend and music-junkie, Jay Sweet author of Sweetalk, sat down with Thom York recently for a Paste Magazine cover story – look for it on stands now.

I’m tempted to dive off into a much over-due post about how important music is strengthening the social fabric, meeting fundamental needs and how it relates to the 4th sustainability principle, but unfortunately, I don’t have the time right now.

I’ll leave instead a play-list of sustainability related tunes, have fun with it:

(Nothing but) Flowers, Talking Heads

Say Goodbye, Black Eyed Peas

Be Healthy, Dead Prez

You’re the Murdera, J Boogies Dubtronic Science feat Zion I & Duence Eclipse

Cookie Jar, Jack Johnson

Worldwide Suicide, Pearl Jam

Way of Life, Dead Prez

Never Know, Jack Johnson

Freedom Highway, North Mississippi Allstars

Rollover, String Cheese Incident

Gone, Black Eyed Peas sampling Jack Johnson

Jah Work, Ben Harper

… and most of Thom Yorke’s Eraser – The Clock, Atoms for Peace, Analyse, And It Rained All Night, etc.

Stay going…