‘Think of the Trees’ by Ben Lawrance 18 November 2020
I’m a big fan of walking in many of the lovely woodlands in Reading and the surrounding areas with my two canine companions. The song is a homage to our wonderful woodlands and the preservation of this beautiful areas…
‘Revolution’ by Jenni Pinnock – played by Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra 16 November 2020
Revolution reflects upon the irrevocable changes brought about by climate change – from the effects on the atmosphere itself to the overall effects on our planet and our lives. The title was chosen because throughout research into the topic, it became clear that we need to revolutionise the ways in which we live our lives in order to ensure we slow the warming of the planet….
‘Timeline’ by Jude Haste
My song ‘Timeline’ which I recorded on my mobile phone is about love, loss and limitations. It is about our lives on this planet with it’s limited resources, and our desires and hopes for a life filled with belonging and connection. Even if we have very little of our own…
‘The Girl with the Gun’ by Avian 2 November 2020
This is a song about climate change denial…something that the man won’t get away with!
‘Hold Back the River’ by Readiophonics 1 November 2020
This song, by James Bay, is a song in which the author laments fighting against the tide of time and life as is sweeps him away from a previously relationship. While this song isn’t specifically linked to climate change, the image of holding back the tide is very relevant to living in Reading….
‘Panic in the Streets’ by Sarah Lu and No Flag
The song is observing how nature’s strength prevailed during lockdown. The peace and quiet, when cars and aeroplanes stopped their constant hum. It is about how farming and growing our own food is so important to our wellbeing and survival…
‘Let’s save the frogs’ by Captain Batgirl (Maisy Inston)
The climate crisis we are in is an incredibly scary and overwhelming thing. There is definitely a time and a place to feel those fearful emotions, but I find they can sometimes hinder our sense that we can change our situation. This song, and many of my others, takes the stance that if you can make the message funny, catchy and empowering…
‘Bill Collector’ by Steve Morano 30 October 2020
A song about Blind human stupidity, governments lying to us while we pay for wars we don’t need Innocent lives are lost, people are separated to remain weak. The rich & poor divide widens & the powerful make decisions based on profit & not human well being or sustainability of all life on Earth. Where is the sense in this…
‘Peak Cavern Adieu’ by Christina Hogg
Hopefully, hopeful. When I played this song live at Hope folk festival, and audiences commented “all folk songs are about dying”. So interestingly the “saying goodbye” in this song was read as an elegy. I then I looked at its lyrics in more depth with the metaphors it sets up, “only one way in, only one way out” was a literal description of the cave entrance….
‘This Is What Happens’ by Matt Westwood
Back before the turn of the Millennium everything was falling to pieces and we really thought it couldn’t get much worse. And yet here we are….