This week's Hive Open Mic theme is: “Conciencia Ecológica.” Translated form Spanish into English, the expression means eco-conscious, or ecological awareness. For this occasion, I recalled a special song that I hadn't heard in years, but I still know it by heart. Here's my attempt to carry the song solo with a live music looping station.
“Dirt” is written by a popular jam band of the US called Phish. To me, this song is a whimsical one about going underground to get away from it all. It imagines an intraterrestrial existence, isolated from loved ones, although content to be at peace in the stillness and quiet beneath the surface.
Personally, I like to imagine the immensity of our earth. It is a humbling feeling to be so small alongside this colossal planet. In my understanding, we surface-dwellers live only on a thin skin, with miles of mystery below us, reaching to a red hot magma core. It is eye-opening to think about our human-centric experience and the reality that this earth is much greater, much deeper, than we ever see, unless we dig or dive.
My eco-conscious plea is that we all do our part to take care of the planet, who cares for us. We all know that Mama Gaia loves us, or else she would stir up whirlwinds, wildfires, floods, droughts, diseases... and annihilate us all. Even though we've dropped our bombs and spilt our oil, we can't really "hurt" the dirt. Honestly, I believe the planet is in perfect health. Our health is another matter altogether.
A song by Phish, performed live
Hive Open Mic - Week 68 is underway right now, with the current theme: “Conciencia Ecológica.” We introduce new themes every Sunday, inviting musicians to share a common current. Musicians always have full freedom to bring whatever music feels inspired in the moment. There is still time to jump in and enjoy this week's Hive Open Mic event!