Music and Nature

The first song I thought of when I read this week’s assignment was Big Yellow Taxi, originally by Janis Joplin, but I have always been more familiar with the version by the Counting Crows. If you were to just to listen to the song and not think into the lyrics of the song, you may just think it is a happy and upbeat song, but when you look further in to the lyrics you can see the song is about environmental protection and all the negative things that could happen in the future if we do not take care of the planet.

I remember listening to this song when I was little, so the lyrics remind me a lot of that, and together intertwined with this memory is of the lyrics and the reminder of the sacredness and finiteness of the earth and environment. I think that is something that many people associate with this song, because it has been so culturally impactful, it is a song that most people have probably listened to at some point.

I think that this song, especially when it originally came out by Janis Joplin, it had huge cultural impact on people because it came out in a time where caring about the environment or the health of the planet was not of on the forefront of the general public. The songs impact is clear in its continued love even decades after its release in 1970, many huge stars have covered the song to continue to spread the message of the song, including Bob Dylan, the Counting Crows as well as a multitude of others.

For my image I chose a picture of my friend Alissa on top of Hurricane Ridge, this was on a camping trip that we went on to get reconnected with nature because we tend to get pretty disconnected on the day to day. This picture was taken early in the morning right before we started a hike.

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