Source – 1
A few weeks back in class, while talking to my students about the lakes of Bangalore, I had played in class the music video – ‘Lakes of Fire’ by Nirvana.
The lyrics from this song – “Where do bad folks go when they die? … They don’t go to heaven where the angels fly … They go down to the lake of fire and fry … Won’t see ’em again till the fourth of July” – had tickled my fancy and captured the imagination of my students.
So, as we neared the end of the course, I asked my students, as an optional take-home assignment, to identify other songs which have connections to the material discussed in class. They had to:
a) Identify the lyrics of the song which talks about environmental/sustainability issues;
d) Identify the environmental issue that the song is linked to; and,
e) Explain the lyrics and explain how they are connected to course material.
It was an optional assignment – we were nearing the end of the term and students were loaded with other assignments – but the response to the assignment was overwhelming. More than 50 percent of my students completed the assignment – they worked independently of each other and identified songs – all unique – and beautifully explained how the lyrics of the song discuss material covered in class!
So, I decided to compile all the songs and prepare a Music Playlist – an Environmentalists’ Playlist!
A wide variety of musical genres find representation … from pop to heavy metal! A wide range of issues were found to have been discussed in the songs – see table below.
I loved listening to the playlist …. hope you enjoy too!
|Name of Student||Name of Song||Singer(s)||The Issue||Link to Song|
|Removed for confidentiality||Rocky Mountain High||John Denver||Majesty of the Colorado Rocky mountains||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOB4VdlkzO4|
|We’re all in this Together||David & Jenny Heitler-Klevans, and Kuf Knotz||Working together to save the planet||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsRxqIRMcE0|
|Saltwater Gospel||Eli Young Band||Philosophical! Personal connect to the environment||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_yOrDBSbBY|
|Greenhouse Effect||Testament||Air pollution||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPX2YEQc3tE|
|1 Sun||Miley Cyrus||Limited environmental resources||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlXFypYfoNA|
|The Landscape is changing||Depeche Mode||Landscape change||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjKZl1uA0u4|
|New World Water||Mos Def||Water crisis in Flint, MI||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BEg38-bWY8|
|Don’t Go Near the Water||The Beach Boys||Pollution of water||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjZES3_SSYA|
|Where We Going to Go||David Todd||Global climate change||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax6O1Xun7cI&feature=youtu.be|
|Mercy Mercy Me||Marvin Gaye||How we are changing the planet||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Kr1YB2cs4|
|Outta Space||Van Halen||A Full Earth||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aqVbFFghEE&feature=youtu.be|
|Songs For a Dying Planet||Joe Walsh||Green-house gas emissions||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX8XZBxhHXQ|
|Where Do The Children Play||Cat Stevens||Human Footprint||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a4DCxAi020|
|Big Yellow Taxi||Joni Mitchell||Human impact on the planet||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94bdMSCdw20|
|The Trees||Rush||Free-rider problem||https://youtu.be/JnC88xBPkkc|
|Another Way To Die||Disturbed||Environmental Inequalities||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwELajFteTo|
|Who’s Gonna Stand Up?||Neil Young||Personal Environmental Action||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkiRR3T_3NY|
|Heal The World||Michael Jackson||Making the world a better place||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWf-eARnf6U|
|Til the Rivers All Run Dry||Don Williams||Water scarcity and pollution||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDjwm4cus0Q|
|Radioactive||Imagine dragons||Nuclear radiation||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktvTqknDobU|
|Dragonfly||Ziggy Marely||Mankind’s impact on the world||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcRQp52amhA|
|Funny the Way It Is||Dave Matthews Band||A sustainable and more connected world||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAbMnMWHTvY|
|Pittsburgh Town||Pete Seeger||Polluted Pittsburgh during the 1940’s and 1950’s||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9_sSOG0xiA&app=desktop|
|The Update||The Beastie Boys||Human impact on the planet||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krZ7wFOR8ng|
Sources of images:
1. http://www.postconsumers.com/education/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/musi.jpg, accessed on the 9th of November, 2016