A little positive thinking sprinkled with foreword ideas often leads to progression. A step foreword for a planet that needs it badly. Google announced that it plans to have its operations running with 100% renewable energy by next year. This is fantastic news for planet Earth and not so good news for the non-renewable kings and queens that are ever so slowly losing their grip on controlling how us Earth folks get around.
Google is not the only company with bold plans to move towards a more sustainable future for everyone. There is a whole host of companies out there who see the light and are investing into a sustainable energy model that will benefit the Earth and eventually their bottom line. According to their website, RE100 “is a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy.” Currently, over 80 companies have signed an initiative with RE100 to make their way towards powering their business through 100% renewable energy resources. The list of companies contains some big names and hopefully they will start swinging the energy consumption pendulum away from finite energy sources. Take it from Urs Hölzle, Google’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure, “the science tells us that tackling climate change is an urgent global priority. We believe the private sector, in partnership with policy leaders, must take bold steps and that we can do so in a way that leads to growth and opportunity.” Thanks Urs from Google for stepping up and recognizing that scientific data collected by some of the worlds smartest people does actually indicate reality.
That’s right. Climate change is real folks. To one of our nations bigger boneheads, the madly disgruntled Rush Limbaugh, although I question if his real name is actually Rush, who has said in response to overwhelming scientific data clearly showing that greenhouse gases contribute to a warmer planet, “It’s just absurd, and it’s all based on bogus, bohunk computer modeling. There’s not one shred of scientific data,” I reiterate my assertion that you are indeed a class A bonehead who happens to have a crappy radio program with a low information audience. I will try to get to more boneheads future Soundcentury posts on environmental issues. There is certainly no shortage of them.
Here is an interesting tune by Mac Mccloud. It’s called the “The Bone Head Song.” This one goes out to you Rush.
Anything at all from the Remain In Light tour by the Talking Heads is fantastic, but the show from 11/4/80 at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ is one of the best. Here is the band performing Crosseyed and Painless from the show. You can watch the entire show on YouTube and the whole thing is worth archiving. I love how they bend their sounds and extend notes out for extended periods of time over incessant percussion grooves.
I had the opportunity to live in both the central and northern sections of the great state of Vermont for a number of years. It’s a hilly land that I think about often. One of it’s greatest attributes just may be the creative people that call it home. It’s no secret that in the valleys and hills of Vermont, live some of the most talented musicians around. During the years that I lived up in the Lamoille River Valley, I became acquainted with quite a few of the musicians who live there primarily through my photography work.
There is a friendly collaborative spirit present among those who play in this part of Vermont. I am sure it is much this way in many other parts of the world, but this just happens to be one community I was directly exposed to. It is not uncommon for groups to form for just a show or two. More often than not, live performances feature guests sitting in. The friendly music community vibe of the musicians casually flows out of the spotlight and down effortlessly to mingle with those out to listen. It truly becomes a whole creative experience for everyone involved. This is not a once and while anomaly; it is consistently the way it is there.
I got wind of a cool video recording from a talented banjo player from this part of Vermont, Luke Auriemmo, who plays with the Mud City Ramblers and Beg, Steal or Borrow. He recently sat in on banjo during the beautifully composed video recording of the song “True Hearted Girl.” This song is featured on the newly released album “Crickets, Coyotes, and the Big Yellow Moon” by Elmore, Vermont based musician Christine Malcolm.
This recording session was meant to be. It’s an honest snap shot into the warm Vermont music culture that continues to thrive and grow. In a world, so often portrayed by the media as ungrounded, disconnected and chaotic, this well crafted song, shared and composed by this eclectic group of Vermont musicians, brings home a sense of comfort and warmth that simply feels good. Take a few minutes to check this video out and check out some of the bands that the participating musicians are affiliated with. I am certain to be exploring and featuring many of these artists work over time here on Soundcentury.