Earth Day – April 22
Forty two years ago I was part of the first Earth Day. Surprisingly the day filled with events and awareness has had some staying power. I have helped with festivals, parades, clean-ups, ec0-awareness, tree plantings and all manner of events for Earth Day over the years. Celebrating the Earth some years was spent out in nature or other years working in the garden. Music has always been a big part of making the day feel special. I was reflecting on some of the roots music I was going to highlight on this occasion.
Early spring and thoughts are about sowing seeds. The Garden Song comes to mind “inch by inch, row by row” sung by Pete Seeger. The roots I follow in music are folk. How fitting then to honor the first Earth Day 1970 and a folk hero of the 70s. Pete Seeger was passionate about environmental issues and a favorite folk singer of mine. Here are two songs about the earth by him. The first a catchy and joyful tune Garden Song and the second song Garbage a classic bit of the type social commentary that Pete Seeger is known for.