Why do we sometimes fail to adjust our path even in the face of overwhelming evidence that we must? My song this month takes a look at this question as I reflect on the issue of climate change. Step into the kitchen and I will share it with you.
Tom and Seth Connelly at Good Arts.
Photo: Neal Braverman
Coming up on the weekend of Oct 24 and 25, I will be taking my fourth annual road trip to Rochester, NY to share a few shows with good friends Leslie Lee and Steve Gretz. This is always a performance highlight for me. If you have any friends in the Rochester, NY area, please forward this information about our shows.
This Month’s Music
Planting in a Drought
Planting in a Drought
© 2015 Tom Smith (ASCAP)
Thanks to Seth Connelly on lead guitar.
Lyrics in comments below.
Some of the most powerful images that help me understand larger-than-human-scale issues have been very human-scale photographs — much more powerful than the statistics, charts and graphs that we often see in newspapers or history books. In the past, I have been moved by photos of people affected by the Great Depression and the Viet Nam War, and more recently by the disturbing photo of a three year old boy drowned on the beach near a Turkish resort as a result of the Syrian refugee crisis or the videos that launched the Black Lives Matter movement. So I set myself the challenge to write a very intimate, human song on a very big subject — climate change. Admittedly, I don’t present any grand solutions. It is simply a magnifying glass to help focus some attention on the issue.
I am reminded of a quote my good friend Chris Pahud recently shared from lyricist Yip Harburg (collaborator of Ira Gershwin). “Words make you think thoughts. Music makes you feel feelings. A song makes you feel a thought.”
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Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm, Rochester, NY
Brian Coughlin’s “Songwriters in the Round” series, with my good friends Leslie Lee and Steve Gretz in the Rochester, NY area. Call Brian at 585-235-5263 for location and to reserve a space. We did this each of the last two years and both dates were very memorable.
Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm, Rochester, NY
Old Time Music Night at Greece Baptist Church, with my good friends Leslie Lee and Steve Gretz
Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm, Framingham, MA
Opening for the Steve Rollins Band at the Uncommon Coffeehouse.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm, Manomet, MA
I have the honor to be included in Bob Crownfield’s Studio Session Live series, hosted by Dave Palmater. We record in front of a live studio audience for later broadcast. Stay tuned for shedule and stations.
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