Patrick Murphy, September 26, 2014
Music has always played an important role in social change and Green Music continues in this proud heritage.
In fact, according to Wikipedia over 250 songs have been written and performed about the environment.
From Johnny Cash’s “Don’t Go Near the Water” to Jackson Browne’s “Before the Deluge”, green messaging reaches the audiences of many musical genres and their listeners. “Do the Evolution” by Pearl Jam reached the grunge rock fans while the alternative rock fans listened to The Pixies’ “Monkey Gone to Heaven”.
For what it is worth here are my Top 10 Environmental Songs in no particular order:
1. Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell, although I like the cover by Counting Crows best.
2. Mercy, Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye, a soulful and beautiful song.
3. Apeman by The Kinks, raucous, fun and playful…Ray Davies had it going on.
4. So Much Oil in the Ground by Tower of Power, Funktastic.
5. What a Wonderful World by Louie Armstrong, lovely genius.
6. Pollution by Tom Lehrer, Calypso campy.
7. Slow Train Coming by Bob Dylan, where the Blues meet the Green.
8. Earth Song by Michael Jackson, haunting and memorable.
9. Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson, just one great song.
10. The 3 R’s by Jack Johnson, a musician that walks the green walk and carries a big tune.