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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!


Water Wind Sun and Sea, by Michael Greenacre

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!

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!

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!

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!

Wynn’s Book

I was looking to do a bit of recording when I moved to Victoria and just happened upon Wynn Gogol.  I found a musical brother!  And a fantastically clean funky little place called “One Ton Studios” that Wynn set up.  One Ton refers to the supporting beam that weighs…. Are you ready…. one ton!  At One Ton Studios Pianist Lisa Olive and I recorded our first song together.  The Svd Song, by Michael Greenacre, has gone on to be our greatest hit so far at over 19000 hits on youtube.  Michael Greenacre and I also recorded our second album Below the Surface and the song about renewable energy Water, Wind, Sun and Sea at OneTon Studios with whole bevy pint-sized singers.  That song and video clip is due out this year.  (I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the Turkish animator to finish her part.)  Thanks to Wynn’s gentle ear and inspiration as a producer,  I’m extremely pleased about a version of I Did a Spell on You, which I’ll share with you as soon as I can.

Wynn Gogol B&W_SMALL

Wynn has only “done” music his whole life and when I met him were were both writing books.  Wynn’s book is about song-writing about which Wynn and I could talk up a storm.  If it weren’t for wee babes to watch (and my crazay travel schedule), we would never stop talking.  I have been working on drafts of “Deliver Me” about being a living liver donor, “A futile Search For Modern European Plumbing”, and “Wood Storms and Raging Canvass” a coffee table book about my Uncle Godfrey’s Art, to name a few.  I’ve gotten distracted along the way…  Wynn has been producing music and writing about the process of writing song!

Not that it was a contest in any way, I’m writing to you today to let the world know that Wynn has beat me to press!


He’s done his book!  The Artful Songwriter: The Soul and Science of Creating Songs

 I told him that I had to post about this momentous occasion.  His book launch party will take place at Hermann’s Jazz Club in downtown Victoria this coming Thursday the 25th of September.  I won’t be there but I wanted to lend him my full support, love and big-up respek via the da blog.  Wynn will be playing with the Back Dirt Road Band (he plays a whole slew of instruments and sings too).  Doors open at 6.30 and books will be on sale.

An excellent musician and with a killer ear, Wynn’s eloquent both musically and lyrically. (He’s also got a green thumb.)  You’ll  want to hear him play and speak.  And you’ll
want to read his book if you’d ever wondered about the soul science of song-writing.

You Woman Back in Barca

“If music be the food of love, play on”

– William Shakespeare

you woman poster upf w Diya FINAL

The You Woman Group is reuniting for the first time since 2008!  We are giving a concert in Barcelona on July 5th playing music from our new CD, “Below the Surface”  The album will be released in December and features the original songs of Michael Greenacre and the guitar of Santi Careta.  “Below the Surface” continued in the vein of the original ‘you, woman’ album from 1999.  Special guest is singer Karol Green.  Xavier Calsamiglia, grandson of Catalan composer Manel Blancafort will introduce us.  This event is sponsored by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona Spain.  Pompeu Fabra is one of the top Universities in Europe and certainly the leading Spanish university.

We will also be performing ‘Water Wind Sun and Sea’ for the first time ever, debuting Diya who sings and stars in the videoclip.  This videoclip of “Water Wind Sun and Sea” will be shown for the first time as well.  This song and video aims to promote sustainable energy.  At a time where the Canadian government hands subsidies of a billion dollars to Big Oil, why not take that money and invest it in clean energy?  A statistician, Michael has worked with scientists and biologists on climate change.  This inspired the song.  The fossil fuels that are burned go straight in to the ocean as the ocean is the world’s largest carbon “sink”.  This causes acidification of the water and is destroying ocean life at the fastest rate since the last mass extinction.  Let’s harness that energy, let’s sing and dance and encourage us all and our governments to invest the big bucks in clean energy and infrastructure.  We know the answer, we know the solution to climate change.  We will make it happen.  Together.

If you book your travel now, you could still make it with time to spare!

Microwaved Water to Plants Experiment – Day 1

I see a world where people verify facts for themselves.

My dad Arran read an article years back about how plants watered with microwaved water die.  He hasn’t used a microwave since.  I cringe at the idea of having to heat everything up in a pan or pot and then wash it (versus the quick microwave zap).  I also kind-of-don’t-really-want to know since I used microwaves so many a time in the middle of the night when my baby daughter was screaming for milk.  Dont want to think that maybe I’ve been slowly poisoning my developing children.  Everyone uses microwaves, right?  It’s just easier to dismiss what dad said.  Well, about a year ago, I came across this again.  It’s been ruminating.  Eventually, I started to talk to my daughters about this and we agreed that we should experiment.

We are attempting a very simple and not-truly scientific test.  My statistics friends, especially Michael Greenacre would cringe at this.  What, a sample size of two?!

Day 0 the set up

The set up

I haven’t googled this at all but I figure that if there is such a terribly strong effect, I should see it right away.  I don’t want to have to use p values to determine whether there is an effect.  There should be a clear answer like the squirrels who eat all the organic corn but leave most of the GMO kernels on the cob.  Last night  I bought two basil plants which were next to each other at the only store open on a Sunday night in Victoria.  They looked healthy and hearty.   They are now set up in the kitchen in a sunny spot.  We took a glass of water and microwaved it for a minute, and let it sit overnight.  We put an identical glass of tap water to sit overnight.

This morning with the help of my one-armed assistant (the other arm is in a sling as she fell off the monkey-bars about a month ago), we watered the plants.

Day 1 watering plant 1 with Microwaved water

Day 1, watering plant 2 with tap water

We will do so until we see some kind of difference and will post about this.

To sort of appease any of you scientists upset at my small sample size, please have a listen to the SVD song.