13 Awesome Eco-Friendly Songs That’ll Help You Celebrate Earth Day

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1. Bad Religion, “Los Angeles Is Burning”

This song is about the excessive human consumption and media frenzy that has taken over the world with no concern for the well-being of our home and humanity.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “When the hills of Los Angeles are burning, palm trees are candles in the murder wind.”

2. The Beach Boys, “Don’t Go Near the Water”

The Beach Boys were obviously ocean enthusiasts. This song says to show some love to the oceans and to stop polluting our waters.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Don’t go near the water to do it any wrong, to be cool with the water is the message of this song.”

3. Dead Kennedys, “Cesspools in Eden”

It’s all about how big corporations don’t care about us and that they’re building the factories that are poisoning us and our environment.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Groundwater’s poisoned, air stings like hell, the lines for doctors grow long.”

4. Devo, “No Place Like Home”

A great tune that makes you want to angry-dance to the fact that mankind is obliviously spoiling the Earth, and soon we won’t even have a home to spoil.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “If we should all just disappear, the skies and waters will clear in a world without us.”

5. Gorillaz, “Superfast Jellyfish”

Typical Gorillaz, hitting you square in the face with how nothing is natural anymore and we’re all puppets to consumerism.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “The sea is radioactive, all hail king Neptune and his water breathers.”

6. Metallica, “Blackened”

This song is based on the apocalypse according to the Bible and relates it to pollution, deforestation, and other social problems we see now.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Death of Mother Earth, never a rebirth, evolution’s end, never will it mend.”

7. Michael Jackson, “Earth Song”

MJ preaches for everyone to join together to save our planet and bring peace to humanity.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Did you ever stop to notice, this crying Earth, this weeping shore?”

8. Miley Cyrus, “Wake Up America”

We all know she loves at least one kind of plant. This old-school Miley song is about getting America to stop ignoring Mother Nature’s cry for help.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “We’re all in this together! It’s our home so let’s take care of it.”

9. Mos Def, “New World Water”

A pissed-off Mos Def explains that while human beings are feeding their obsession with money, their home is deteriorating around them and will soon be gone.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “It’s the New World Water, and every drop counts. You can laugh and take it as a joke if you wanna, but it don’t rain for four weeks some summers.”

10. Pixies, “This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven”

This song points it out plain and simple: Humanity is killing the Earth, and we are all going down with it.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “There was a guy, an underwater guy who controlled the sea, got killed by 10 million pounds of sludge from New York and New Jersey.”

11. Talking Heads, “Nothing but Flowers”

A sarcastic song about a time when Mother Nature takes over and things like highways and 7-Elevens are missed, even though they are now in a “peaceful oasis.”

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Once there were parking lots, now it’s a peaceful oasis. You got it.”

12. Tegan and Sara, “Our Trees”

From the ladies who sing “Everything Is Awesome” in The Lego Movie (another movie about social injustices), this song is about how we need to stand up for Mother Nature and be her voice.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “If the trees could be lions, would they still fall and be tagged? Would they refuse to surrender, refuse to be gagged?”

13. Will.i.am., “S.O.S. (Mother Nature)”

Will.i.am. explains how we need to open up our eyes and see the pollution humanity is causing that’s killing our planet.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “And here they come choppering down, chopping down our rain forest, fucking up our air for us, they don’t really care for us.”

So listen up, ‘cause Mother Nature is awesome!

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Music Heals The Soul — One Year from Tragedy

Music therapy

This time last year, I didn’t have a care in the world.  My life was good, nothing to complain about.  Little did I know that my and my family’s lives would be implausibly affected later that day.

I was headed to Philadelphia for a business trip and was planning to meet my mom for dinner since she lives near(ish).  When we met up, she said she had to return a call from my aunt.  Nothing could have prepared anyone for what was on the other end of that call.

That afternoon, a car smashed into an Orlando-area KinderCare killing a child and injuring 14 others.  A story I had read about on the train between DC and Philadelphia, thinking it was tragic, but did not think anything else about it. The one child killed was my four-year-old cousin.  The rest of the day was spent is a state of shock.  I thought they must be wrong, there is no way that it could be Lily.

I come from a large, loud, crazy, and incredibly loving family.  Although we don’t see each other as often as we would like, we are always there for each other.  When we all got the news, there were texts, calls, and support from all over the country.  We all flew to Florida to be there for each other because that is the only thing that we knew to do.

Fast forward…

In the months following the heartbreak, the crying lessened, but the pain never went away.  Music has always been my happy place, but over the last year, it has been my everything. Studies show that exposure to music increases positive thought, empathy, and helping behavior.  There are songs I still can’t listen to without bursting into tear. Songs like ‘I love Rock and Roll’ and ‘Let it go’ have been forever ruined for me.

Music has not only made me feel better, it has given me my passion back. Through this blog and through experiencing music, both live and recorded, I have found an outlet.

Below is a playlist that helped me, I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but use it if you are going thorough a hard time.

This Mash Up ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ ‘I’m Not the Only One’ Is EVERYTHING

YouTube singing sensation Sam Tsui partnered with Casey Breves to gift the world with this amazing mash-up of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One.”

In this simple music video, Tsui flexes his vocals for Ed’s “Thinking Out Loud” while Casey simultaneously performs Sam’s “I’m Not the Only One.”

Bob Geldof Gathers Musicians to Record a New Version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” as an Ebola charity single — listen

Featured on this new version is Band Aid veteran Bono along with Robert Plant, Marcus Mumford, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, Chris Martin,  Roger Taylor, Karl Hyde, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware, Sinead O’Connor, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, and members of Elbow and Bastille.

The stars came together in London on Saturday to record the charity single.   Geldof started Band Aid in 1984 to aid in the fight against famine in Ethiopia. This latest single marks the fourth time “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” has been recorded and the first since 2004.

Watch the corresponding video below.

West African Musicians Team Up to Fight Ebola

Global stars Amadou and Mariam and Grammy winner Oumou Sangaré teamed up with regional musicians to record an Ebola awareness-raising song. It’s called “Africa Stop Ebola,” and it’s super awesome.

All proceeds from iTunes purchases of “Africa Stop Ebola” will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Musicians aren’t the only people looking to reverse the traditional flow of aid from the West. Africa Responds, a grassroots response initiative led by four Africans, is also raising funds for Liberian organizations at the forefront of Ebola outreach and prevention.

Trumpeter Brings Monday Night Football to Tears

Chris Botti's National Anthem rendition on Monday brought Reggie Wayne to tears.

Before Monday, not very many people had heard of Chris Botti. That has all changed after the video of his rendition of the national anthem has gone viral.

Botti, a Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter, played the “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Nov. 3 Colts-Giants game. It was impressive enough to bring Colt Reggie Wayne to tears.

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Rock The Vote Presents: #TURNOUTFORWHAT

Rock The Vote Presents #TURNOUTFORWHAT stars Lil Jon and featuring Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg, Natasha Lyonne, Fred Armisen, E.J. Johnson, Darren Criss, Sophia Bush, Ireland Baldwin, Devendra Banhart, Ioanna Gika and Gabriel Valenciano. Register to vote at http://www.rockthevote.com and turn out on November 4th.

Watch: Hoda Kotb, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper fight pediatric cancer with ‘Truly Brave’

It’s surprising how cheerful it can be at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, but in the battle against pediatric cancer, smiles are as important as drugs and surgery.

That’s the reason why Hoda Kotb, herself a breast cancer survivor, felt it was important to bring some joy to the children being treated there. She launched “Project Truly Brave”: a musical collaboration between Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper starring a beautiful and brave group of kids fighting cancer.

Hayley Williams Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

Paramore’s Hayley Williams paid tribute to Robin Williams at a concert in Denver Tuesday night.

Prior to singing “Last Hope,” Williams said,  “I realized how sad that we had been and how we had been in this place where we weren’t content, we weren’t fulfilled anymore,” she said about the recording of last year’s self-titled album. “It was very scary, it was very depressing. And then this song happened, and sort of a light came on and it was amazing how much I realized I was a part of something — we, the three of us, are part of something…You are part of something. Please know that. This song goes out to Robin Williams.”