The Renewable Energy Song

My long-time friend and collaborator Michael Greenacre wrote the song “Water Wind Sun & Sea” in 2012. Michael has much spent time in the Arctic in the capacity of Scientist (in addition to piano playing, much to the delight of Northern Norweigans).  Engaging first-hand in the research from Biologists on climate change, he was moved to do something.  So he wrote a song!  My daughter Diya recorded it and we posted the video of it onto youtube this weekend.  So without further ado, I present to you the result!

This was a collaboration of many friends who volunteered their talents and vigour on screen: Isha, Anna, Anne, Emma, Federica, FJ, Hanna, Na’ia, Sophia, Tate, Thea, Zoe. Off screen the talents were filmographer Art Makosinski, Videographer Don Chaput, Chek News studio donated by Bill Pollock, video props by Pascal Courty. The animator Miray Özcan in Turkey and Françoise Greenacre in Barcelona were simply essential!  Voices recorded at 1 Ton Studios, Victoria, by Wynn Gogol. Music recorded in Barcelona: Electric Guitar (Santi Careta), Electric Bass (Jordi Blanes), Electric Piano (Arecio Smith), Hammond Organ (Michael Greenacre), Saxophone (Marcelli Bayer), Drums (Antonio Torres and Santi Serratosa).  Mixed by Dave Bianchi at the Emergency Room Studio, Barcelona.

This was a coming together of so many different nationalities, cultures and languages.  It was like a mini UN summit – except that most of us never met the others in person.  If we can urge, spur each other on, mirroring the change we want to be, change will happen!

Lyrics:

Water Wind Sun and Sea, by Michael Greenacre

WATER
I looked down from the mountain, down to the valley,
River was running swift and strong, down to the sea.
Papa Newton realized when the apple fell from the tree,
There’s a lot of water power in the force of gravity!
So why are we still burning coal when there’s Water, Wind, Sun and Sea!

WIND
Driving through the barren south, what there did I see?
On every hill, a tall windmill, turning steadily,
Like ballet dancers they move their arms so gracefully,
Wind comes up, turbines turn, and it’s all for free!
So why are we still burning coal when there’s Water, Wind, Sun and Sea!

SUN
Brother sun gives life on earth to animal, plant and tree,
Radiating heat and light on and on naturally,
So much more we can take by man’s ingenuity,
Silver sheets face to the skies making electricity!
So why are we still burning coal when there’s Water, Wind, Sun and Sea!

SEA
Sister moon also plays her part, affecting ocean and sea,
Tide goes out, tide comes in, that I can guarantee,
Just put something in its path, then you’ll have energy,
Learning from nature is the key: you just have to agree!
So why are we still burning coal when there’s Water, Wind, Sun and Sea!

2 thoughts on “The Renewable Energy Song

  1. Eve

    Brava! to Diya and chorus. Five stars and three cheers to all the talented and generous people who made it happen, and of course to Deepa. It is a blast, funny, touching, sweet and serious.
    A delight.

    Reply
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