The unimaginable Gulf Oil Spill has left us all with an intense combination of emotions, from sadness to anger to helplessness. How could this happen? And what can be done about fixing the worst environmental disaster to hit the United States? What can WE do?
These are questions that I’ve personally been struggling with and recently my wife Madisyn gave me the answer. “What if you release your new song ‘Fragile Day’ as a charity single with all the money helping the tragedy?”
“Fragile Day” is the first environmental song I’ve ever written and talks about how birds’ migration patterns are impacted because of global warming, how fish are dying because of an oil spill and how we need to come together and get involved so we as the human race can collectively fix the damage that we have done. Of course the lyrics are poetic and arenít as direct as that, but thatís what they meant to me when I wrote them. It’s ironic because this song was written nearly two years ago and we happened to be in the studio finally wrapping it up when the BP Oil Spill happened. I pay close attention to synchronistic events and this is one that I couldn’t ignore.
Who are the musicians?
The song is performed by a new band called Wilderland which includes singer Kat Sanchez and myself, Scott Blum. For those that only know me for my books or DailyOM, my music credits include multimedia production for Peter Gabriel, Soundgarden and many others. The song was produced by Rara Avis who is a renowned underground DJ and member of the bands Desert Dwellers and Shaman’s Dream. And the folk version of the song was mixed by Grammy award winning producer Toby Wright who’s credits include Alice in Chains, Korn, 3 Doors Down and many others.
Who gets the money?
There will be two versions of the song released digitally on iTunes for $0.99 each. As I mentioned above, 100 percent of the proceeds we receive from the sale of this song will benefit three important charities.
“The Gulf Restoration Network” is a charity that has been operating in the Gulf of Mexico for over 16 years and because of their proximity to the disaster, they were first on the scene and have been working around the clock to help the habitat directly affected by the spill.
The second charity is the “WILD Foundation” which is looking for a long term solution to ensure these tragedies never happen again. Their first initiative is enacting a formal recognition for the “Marine Wilderness” that can be protected from all development, and eventually ensuring that “Nature Needs Half” to heal herself while we live on the other half.
The third charity, EarthShare, raises funds for more than 400 community, national and international member charities in hundreds of campaigns across the country. The effects of the Gulf oil spill will be serious and long-lasting, which is why many of EarthShare’s member charities will be there for the long term recovery. Now you can support their efforts through the EarthShare Gulf Coast Restoration Fund.
Visit www.FragileDay.com to download the song to support this worthy cause.