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Music Matters

What came first – the music or the muse?

Since the sixties and perhaps earlier, music has been linked to revolution, counterculture, the dawning of a new age. Unlike Hollywood celebrities, musicians are also referred to as artists and you know what they say, Make Love Art. Not War. Todays musical artists are no less restless, enraged and willing to speak and sing out for Change.

Grist lists 15 Green Musicians of 2007 as: Pearl Jam, The Root, Sarah Harmer, Green Day, Jack Johnson, Thom Yorke, Willie Nelson, KT Turnstall, Guster, Perry Farrell, Sheryl Crow, Bare Naked Ladies, Cloud Cult, Bonnie Raitt, Moby. How and why? Go here. This list is only a short version of the many performers playing a new green tune. In fact, late in 2007, Peter Garrett, the former lead singer of rock group Midnight Oil, was named Australia’s environmental minister.

Live Earth spotlighted this voice for change and perhaps tipped other artists into a greener arena. When you live by using your voice, your gift and your passion, it’s only a matter of time before the [CFL] light bulb turns on.

Peace, Love and Rock ‘n Roll.

Epilogue: Above is a post i wrote in 2008. I had just tapped into the idea of how much “Music Matters”. Live Earth had just happened. More and more artists were arriving on the music scene all over the world. Older mainstream artists were resurfacing (some straight out of rehab) with the same passion and energy to share and show the world.

There are still more local music shows and festivals. There is more acceptance and integration of different styles and musical genres. What I think is different is that some of the rage has been transformed to a more authentic love and lightness. Kind of a surrender to the journey. Although the world needed and still needs practical measures to bring change and healing, the music seemed to become the place to go to refuel the sacred activist within. And, I know i needed refueling.

As I said back then, this is not new phenomenon. But it is interesting that what I thought was a peak in the musical world then has risen to higher and more meaningful depths 2 years later. We continue to seek what is transformational – looking for the creative energy in the midst of chaos.

All I can say is thank the Universe.

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2 Responses to “Music Matters”

  1. phyllisdiehl Says:

    i love jack johnson, he did the music for curious george. at school he is one of our favorites, and i just finished reading about him in Esquire, and yes, he is one of us.

  2. jose Says:

    Hi Tao;
    Just walking arround saw The change, and the change makers. But always dreamers. Writting from Spain, trying to save the world even being a lover of bullfightings (is not necesary to be coherent to have intregrity).

    Just a couple of days ago wrote in my blog about the power of the music to change the world. I was in the cure live concert in Madrid. 15.000 people just being happies. 3 hours concert.
    Passionates professionals making their clients feel good. It is a good and a simple way to save the world for a couple of hours. It´s fair.

    Would be a pleause to receibe you and the rest of the change dreamers maker in my blog that is my mind.
    gracias por ayudar a cambiar el mundo tao


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