Listen to Podcast:
Earth Day 2007 Episode
Hilltown Family Variety Show
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM
Tuesdays at 7pm
April 17th, 2007
- Pete Seeger – “Oh Sacred World”
- Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer – “Gentle Arms of Eden”
- Malvina Reynolds – “Little Boxes”
- Dr. Seuss – “The Lorax”
- Pete Seeger – “50/50 Chance”
- Pete Seeger – “One Grain of Sand” (excerpt)
You can’t discuss music and the environment without mentioning folk singer Pete Seeger. Seeger founded the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an environmental organization that advocates and educates to protect the Hudson River. I took my daughter last summer on a sail for Clearwater members. My daughter took an interest in Seeger after that sail. We borrowed “American Folk, Games and Activity Songs” by Pete Seeger from our library. It’s a great CD to introduce this noteworthy folk singer to your kids.
Every summer the Great Hudson River Revival (aka Clearwater Festival) happens on the Hudson River during Father’s Day weekend. It is an enriching music and environmental festival for families. In my pre-child days I used to volunteer during the festival. Now that she is older I’d like to visit again with her. Pete Seeger continues to be a driving force at the festival and often times is one of the performers
I could do an entire day’s program with music and spoken word written by Pete Seeger but there are many other musicians out there using their craft to explore our Earth and to call families to action. My daughter and I will have to do another Earth Day episode. Suggest a song or musician below for future programs.
What is Ticky Tacky anyway? Malvina Reynolds sings “Little Boxes” describing houses made of ticky-tacky. I thought it was just a silly word, but it turns out to have an actual definition: “Shoddy material, as for the construction of standardized housing.” Arguably, “Little Boxes” is Reynolds’ most popular song. Pete Seeger even did a rendition, making it a top hit on the billboards charts.
Little boxes on the hill side, little boxes made of ticky tacky.
There’s a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky, and they all look just the same.
And the people in the houses all went to the university
Where they were put in boxes, little boxes, all the same.
And there’s doctors and there’s lawyers, and there’s business executives
And they all play on the golf course and drink their martini dry
And they all have pretty children and the children go to school
And the children go to summer camp and then to the university
Where they all get put in boxes and they all come out the same.
And the boys go into business and marry and raise a family
In boxes, little boxes, little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.
In a land where Swomee-Swans sing, Humming-Fish humm, and Brown Bar-ba-loots play in the shade while eating the fruit of the Truffula Trees, this was where the Lorax lived. Banned in the Laytonville, California School District on grounds that this book “criminalizes the forestry industry,”The Lorax was one of Dr. Seuss’s most controversial works, and one of his favorites too.
The National Dr. Seuss Memorial is in Springfield, MA. My daughter & I went for a visit this past fall where she met the Grinch and learned more about the Lorax and a child’s perspective of deforestation.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Voices of Motherhood
- Earth Day Celebration in Cummington, MA
- Step It Up 2007
My daughter and I went to the Step it Up 2007 rally in Northampton, MA this past Saturday. We saw many hilltown families and friends while we were there. Being part of the Step it Up project was inspiring to us. Now if it could only inspire our members of Congress to legislate in favor of an 80% carbon emission reduction by 2050!