10 ways a musician can help the environment.

Yellow Plug - photo

Today around the internet you will see many blog posts about the environment because today is Blog Action Day! It’s a simple movement where bloggers pledge to write a post related to their field yet about the environment. Here is my top 10 ways a musician can help the environment:

1. Make a song about saving the environment! We need action people. If the artists of the world won’t stand up and scream a message then who will? Sing for a tree or a bird or the sun.

Flourescent Bulb - photo2. Turn off your studio equipment at night.

3. Don’t buy anymore Compact Discs. They all end up in a landfill.

4. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. What? Are you crazy? We need mood lighting man! Yeah? You don’t need forests?

5. Buy rechargeable batteries for devices used frequently. Cordless microphones, guitar pedals, midi controllers.

6. Take your record collection out of the recycling boxes delivered to your house by the government and start using them for recycling again.

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7. Use a coffee mug instead of disposable cups. Yes we all need coffee for a brain zap while mixing. Too lazy to wash a mug? Get a hot intern.

8. Ride a bicycle to the studio. Besides improving your green footprint you will save the world the pain of seeing a fat singer.

9. Recycle old computers.

10. Do a cover version of Electricty by OMD. Recorded in 1979 this song tells of a future where the human race has run out of energy and our last one chance is solar. Guess what? We are living in the that future today. For an audio sample: click here

Beautiful Path - photoOur one source of energy
The ultimate discovery
Electric blue for me
Never more to be free
Electricity
Nuclear and hep
Carbon fuels from the sea
Wasted electricity

Our one source of energy
Electricity
All we need to live today
A gift for man to throw away
The chance to change has nearly gone
The alternative is only one
The final source of energy
Solar electricity

So what are some of your favorite environmental songs or ideas to help? Isn’t this the most important issue we face?

photo credits: Pulpolux !!!, Think001, bram_app, and iosebasque

4 Comments

  1. Hi!
    Great post! I saw your comment on Darren’s site and had to take a peek. I too write about music (and often about green solutions) and I participated in Blog Action Day today. You can see Part 1 of my Music Lovers’ Guide To Going Green at:

    http://www.musicnewsculture.com/music-lovers-guide-to-going-green/10/2007/

    Keep up the good work!
    Molli Fire

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  2. I don’t know if this is really the most important issue we face. The earth will go on whether we use up all the electricity or not, and we too can survive without it, just like we did for many centuries before it was discovered.

    I love Electricity by OMD. One of my favorite 80’s bands! Another one that comes to mind is Tusk, by Fleetwood Mac, which was written to help save Elephants. They are part of the environment too!

    Great blog, by the way. It really shows off your creativity.

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  3. Hi Molli,

    Your post on http://www.musicnewsculture.com is great. I look forward to part two. I fly often to gigs from Berlin around Europe. I wonder what the all new low cost airlines are having on the environment. I assume taking trains would be better? Thats something I will look into. Normally if an gig is 4 hours or less away by train I’ll take the option. Maybe I should up that to 5 or 6 hours.

    -Oliver

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  4. Hi Melissa,

    When I say it’s the most important issue we face I am thinking of a worst case scenario. The polar ice caps melt, New York goes underwater, world wide famines, and another ice age. True we don’t need electricity to survive but if global warming continues and reaches an extreme billions of people will suffer greatly.

    Tusk by Fleetwood Mac is a great music pick. Who knew they recorded a song about that! Elephants are great we should leave them alone.

    -Oliver

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