Earth Day Folk Music

 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.

the Lower Farm

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.

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6 Responses to Earth Day Folk Music

  1. Paul says:

    Thanks for the post. It sent me on an entirely satisfying Pete Seeger YouTube detour!

  2. McEff says:

    I’ve not heard the Garbage song before so I looked up the lyrics. That last verse is very prophetic – considering it was written back in the 70s.
    Oh, Garbage! Garbage! Garbage! Garbage!
    There stocks and their bonds — all garbage!
    Garbage! Garbage! Garbage! Garbage!
    What will they do when their system goes to smash
    There’s no value to their cash
    There’s no money to be made
    But there’s a world to be repaid
    Their kids will read in history books
    About financiers and other crooks . . .
    It could almost have been written today. Great stuff
    Alen McF

    • Thanks Alen, thought you might pick up on that song. There is a lot of poignant folk music relegated to a dusty shelf that speaks as nothing else does today. I break it out every now and then

  3. Congratulations for being true to Earth Day. Love Pete Seeger. Thanks.

  4. Thank you for another thought provoking post. Pete Seeger – favorite for all times.

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