Ecopella | Songs in the Key of Green

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Songs in the Key of Green

by Ecopella

Australian choir causing harmony to the environment. You might expect us to be a gloomy ensemble, but our sense of fun fills each album with positive and satirical messages. When the mood gets serious the beauty and solemnity of the music is uplifting.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Five Hundred Years
3:37 $1.00
2. Put It On the Ground
2:16 $1.00
3. Ice Tears
3:24 $1.00
4. Living in One World
3:39 $1.00
5. My Kyoto
2:30 $1.00
6. Weary
3:31 $1.00
7. Restless
3:20 $1.00
8. Bonny Portmore
3:44 $1.00
9. Machines Are Closing In
4:30 $1.00
10. Murrumbidgee Water
5:08 $1.00
11. Shannon Rise
3:52 $1.00
12. Wings of a Seabird
6:12 $1.00
13. Eroded Hills
1:49 $1.00
14. Ode to Soil
2:14 $1.00
15. The People Are Scratching
4:41 $1.00
16. Vegetables from Hell
4:01 $1.00
17. All the Wild Wonders
16:20 $1.00
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Welcome to Ecopella’s celebration of a decade of environmental harmony! We’ve been looking forward to our second album for a while now - although for rather less than Five Hundred Years. The story behind our opening track concerns a 16th century church in England whose builders planted an oak nearby so that its timber could replace the roof’s central beam in the event of fire.

Such vision is rare these days – nowhere more so than in the NSW government which prefers the property developers’ quick buck to the environmental concerns of local communities. We’d like to bring its attention back to earth and Put It On The Ground.

You already know the slogan think globally, act locally. Dominating our global thoughts is the threat of catastrophic climate change as our grieving planet sheds Ice Tears. Viewing the big picture helps us realise that we’re Living In One World and should therefore naturally want to put sensible limits on the resources we consume- particularly those that carry a high cost in carbon emissions. For many years the Australian Government’s dishonest inaction kept us as a nation from committing to the Kyoto protocol, and until its electoral defeat in 2007 we had to make do with our own personal and community efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions. My Kyoto gives some shape to these but also makes some wider boasts about ethical resource use. Some people however recognise the paramount need to seek change at a higher political level than that of the individual or household. Given the weight of opposition and inertia these activists face it seems inevitable that they will grow Weary. If more of us would share the load we might well create them a few opportunities for well-deserved rest.

Until then many of us can only feel Restless and raise our voices against the disaster of war. Throughout history armed conflict has not only agonized humanity but also brought destruction to the natural environment. Europe lost much of her forest to navies of wooden ships, while some centuries ago in Ireland the woods near Bonny Portmore were razed also because they offered concealment to guerilla fighters resisting the British occupation.

When we turn our focus homeward again we find a different kind of war raging as protesters strive to protect Australia’s remaining old growth forests. Machines Are Closing In depicts a battle in which its author, one of our members, participated. Australian waterways too are suffering and Murrumbidgee Water invites us to understand better how the Wiradjuri people have long honoured the river and the life it brings. In Tasmania hydro electric dams destroyed the trout-fishing phenomenon known as The Shannon Rise and flooded the original Lake Pedder. Threatened with a similar fate the Cataract Gorge near Launceston was saved by the vigorous campaigning of wilderness advocates.

These waters flow into the ocean and in order to obtain a soaring and rather elegant perspective on the conservation of its bird life, we leave our shores temporarily on The Wings Of A Seabird.

Back on land, Eroded Hills offers a bleak spectacle from one of Australia’s revered 20th century poets, while our own Ode To Soil honours the substrate with more upbeat sentiments. Agricultural aspects of this earthy theme are treated with even more levity as we discover that in America The People Are Scratching due to the ecologically disruptive use of pesticides, and an amusing warning is sounded also by The Vegetables From Hell, this time against interfering genetically with the earth’s produce.

The planet we inhabit has incredible beauty and our wish to preserve All The Wild Wonders it contains brings this collection to a close. We hope that you enjoy our music and will support the cause it serves. We also hope that this will not be the last you hear of us. We have so much work to do.

[the last track has a string quartet included at the end]

Miguel Heatwole
Musical Director, Ecopella
April 2008



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