Albums Featuring Earth Songs
Do you know of other outstanding albums that are not listed here but should be? If so, please send information or a demo to me for evaluation. Contact me at: harold (at) planetpatriot.net.
Favorites - Albums with a symbol indicates songs or albums that I think are exceptionally outstanding!
- Alan Attkisson - Whole Lotta of Shoppin' Goin' On - Clever songs about affluenza, DDT, extinction, fungi, GDP, and other eco-topics. Sound clips available on the website.
- "Buttercup" Bill Aubrecht - The Animals Love to Boogie - Environmental education songs for ages 8 and up. Eco-topics covered include: migration, habitat, decomposition, adaptations, species relations, land conservation issues, and more. Includes a song by Martin Stephan "High Sierra" inspired by John Muir.
- Banana Slug String Band - Songs for the Earth, Penguin Parade, Adventures on the Air Cycle, Dirt Made My Lunch, Slugs At Sea; Video: Dancing with the Earth
- Laura Baron and Patti Dallas - Songs of the Earth (for Children and their families)
- Gary Bowman's Song of the Animals - This album is a collection of original songs celebrating the animal kingdom, set to Classic Rock, Pop, Folk, Bluegrass, Reggae and Gospel, influenced by the words and writings of Gandhi, Chief Seattle, John Muir and Moses, and the lyricism of poets Robert Frost and Bill Martin, Jr.
- Michael Caduto - All One Earth - Although advertised for children 8 - 11+, I found many of these songs to be very appropriate for adults as well! This is a companion to Caduto's many lyrical environmental education Keepers of the Earth books for kids, including a songbook for the album. Also available on iTunes Store, CDBaby.com, etc.
- Dale Crider, Big Cypress Everglades for all Generations - This folk country eco music album includes 16 life science songs about the endangered Florida panther, Wood Stork , wading birds, alligators, frogs, fish, mosquitoes and other wildlife and unique plant systems ecology and wetland restoration of the Big Cypress-Everglades ecosystem.
- "Burnin Globe" - by Eco Elvis - Listen to the rockin' out environmentally friendly Elvis impersonator, who says, "I'm here to get you all shook up about takin' care of the environment!" Song titles include Burnin' Globe (Burning Love), Can't Help Recycling It All (Can't Help Falling In Love), etc. Check out sound clips of "Earth Day Rock," "Compost Hotel," "Viva Las Vegans," "I Reduce, I Reduce, I Recycle," or others.
- Celebrate Earth - This album is a March, 2010 collection of children's music (though many songs are good for adults as well) with an environmental message. Each of the fourteen songs were selected by the music production company Recess Music, published by Big Round Records, for their quality and commitment to making the Earth a better place. Artists featured include: Raffi, The Happy Crowd, Renee Smith, InsideOut A Cappella, Allie Jo Thomas, Michael Mish, Earth Mama, Geof Johnson, Donna Lisa, A Capella Cat, BenJammin and Analisa, Ellen Edson, Jack Pearson, and John Cain. Available as an mp3 download on iTunes or Amazon.com, but the CD Enhanced edition enables you to put the disc in your computer to access exclusive content, including a digital sing-a-long booklet, artist bios, and more. A portion of the proceeds goes to support the National Geographic Big Cat Initiative. There are two additional albums in the series: Growing Veggie Soup, with thirteen songs picked for their focus on educating kids about gardening and sustainable farming practices, and Ocean Motion, with thirteen songs chosen for their focus on educating kids about the ocean’s life and habitats.
- Enuf! - A-Way
This band features "Enviro-Boogie" - music with a mission AND a beat! Their website is fantastic! Don't miss the section on "Wastruments"TM! Enuf! makes music sometimes using instruments are made from things that normally get recycled or sent to landfill. Downloadable music and lyrics are also featured. Enuf! also offers live performances and two workshops: Worms, and WastrumentsTM
- Good Green Fun - Music and Rainforest Ecology for Children of All Ages
- Rita Cantu - Canyon Lifesongs
- Tom Chapin - This Pretty Planet - Features "Come Blow Your Horn" and other great songs for children celebrating the earth.
- Darryl Cherney - I had to be Born this Century (and other Earth First! songs)
- Chris Kubie - A Day in the Woods - Audio book for children teaching about the web of life through fun songs and informative dialogue.
- John Denver - Earth Songs, Windsong, and many others.
- Dayle Lynne Dreifus - National Parks by Song, Yosemite by Song
- "Fish Tree Water Blues" New CD to benefit Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. - John Lee Hooker, Ani DiFranco, Robert Cray, Bob Weir, Etta James, Banford Marsalis, Mavis Staples and many more contribute to benefit CD to be released Earth Day 1999
- Stephen Longfellow Fiske - originally on his cassette album Visions, now on his self-titled album Stephen Longfellow Fiske. Includes "Green City," "O Earth Beautiful," "Earth Anthem," and others.
- Dan Fogelberg - The Wild Places - His 12th album. (Full Moon/Epic), August 1990. Includes nine original songs, including "Aurora Nova/The Wild Places" which has a great environmental theme.
- Jack Gladstone - Buckskin Poet Society
- Barry Hertz - Sure Cure - Songs like "Buffalo" and "Think Like A River" illuminate life on the prairie, while "Creation's Dawn" is a wonderful tribute to John Muir.
Coco Kallis, Environmental Songs for Kids (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1999) A dozen singable songs feature guitar, mandolin, banjo, and other instruments. New compositions and environmental classics are sung by Vermont musician/schoolteacher Coco Kallis. The 21-page insert contains song texts, bibliography, resource list, and activities parents and teachers can use to educate children about environmental concerns. Track listing: 1. If We Don't Fix It - (Calypso version), 2. Recycle, 3. Water, Water, 4. Pretty Paper, 5. God Bless The Grass, 6. Strangest Dream, The, 7. Don't Dump Trash, 8. What Have THey Done To The Rain?, 9. When We First Came To This Land, 10. Keep Off The Beach, 11. Let It Be, 12. If We Don't Fix It - (Blues version) 37 minutes.
Lone Wolf Circles - Oikos: Songs for the Living Earth (poetry and
- Matt Loosigian - Hungry
for the Sun - the debut album for kids by eco troubadour,
Matt Loosigian, greens ears and minds with a solid base of rock tunes ranging
in style from blues to reggae and several energetic, acoustic gems. Topics
emphasize energy conservation, recycling, solid waste, and more. This album
includes both some original songs, as well as some folk tunes, and a rendition
of Bill Oliver's "Habitat." A YouTube
video features "The Earthwom Dance" and numerous other energetic
songs for kids.
- Dana Lyons - Cows with Guns - A great album of eco-warrior songs. The title song hilariously imagines what it might be like if our livestock decided to fight back! Dana also has available At Night They Howl at the Moon - Environmental Songs for Kids, a compilation album, and several other albums featuring eco-warrior songs.
- Magpie (Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino) (P.O. Box 5467, Takoma Park, MD 20913) -
- Circle of Life - 14 eco-songs for kids of all ages. "Under One Sky," "Circle of Life," and "Mother Earth and Father Sky" are terrific!
- Living Planet - 13 environmental songs, including "The Rainforest Song" and "Song of the Whales"
- Seed on the Prairie - 16 songs, not all environmental. The best environmental tracks are "Rachel" (about naturalist-environmentalist Rachel Carson) and "We Belong To the Earth."
- Elliott Madriss, Cherish the Earth. Features different performers on each track: I Love The Animals; Brazil; No Weapons, No Wars; Earth's Our Only Home; Don't Stash It Don't Trash It, Recycle; Something's Happening Down In Africa; The Story Of Rabbit; and Year Of The Child. Available through both mp3.com or on a regular CD. Is portrayed as "children's music" but I found most of these tracks eminently for adults.
- Charlie Maguire - Wilderness Road: Folk Songs About Minnesota State Parks (Former titles include: "Stepping Stones" and "State Park Tapestry" - Celebrating 100 Years Minnesota State Parks 1891-1991. See also his terrific album Great Mississippi.
- First Light of Dawn - includes John of the Mountains - song about legendary naturalist-conservationist John Muir
- California in My Heart
Mary Miché - Earthy Tunes, Nature Nuts Available for $11.50/cassette
from Mary Miché, P.O. Box 11545, Berkeley, CA 94701.
Includes such songs as Animal Party; Spiders and Snakes; Banana Slug Song; You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out; Little Skunk; Dirt Made My Lunch; The Garden Song; Six Plant Parts; The Sprout Song; Move Over, You Big Trees; Bugs in Your Bark; Lotta Seeds Grow, and other ecology songs from The Banana Slug String Band, Malvina Reynolds, others.
- Leafy Legacy by Nu Myth, featuring Sharon Robles. Environmental songs for young people, this is an album expressing love and appreciation for our planet and all its diversity.
Songs for the Earth: A Tribute to Rachel Carson ©2005 M.U.S.E. Association,
This wonderful compilation of songs is the third release by Musicians United to Sustain the Environment (M.U.S.E.) done in partnership with the Rachel Carson Council to celebrate the life of Rachel Carson. Carson, through her landmark book, Silent Spring, inspired the modern day environmental movement by raising consciousness about the effects of pesticides and chemicals on the world around us.
The CD booklet has lots of information about Rachel Carson and her work. The profits from the sale of this and other M.U.S.E. recordings goes toward non-profit efforts to protect our environment.
These are the artists and the songs featured on "Songs for the Earth"
1. Pete Seeger - My Dirty Stream
2. Walkin' Jim Stoltz - Song for Rachel
3. Steve Schuch - Where Will We Go?
4. Kat Eggleston - Go to the Water
5. Bill Oliver - Queen Invicta
6. Tom Vincent - Ballad of the Osprey
7. Betty and the Baby Boomers - Back Bay
8. Casey Neill - Hallowed be thy Ground
9. Dean Stevens - Salmon River
10. Cindy Kallet - Roll to the River
11. Tom Paxton - When it's Gone, it's Gone
12. Magpie - Rachel
13. Tish Hinojosa - Something in the Rain
14. Gordon Bok - Herring Croon
15. Emma's Revolution - Silent Spring
16. Bob Zentz - Far Horizon
17. Josh White Jr. - Gentle Warrior
18. A speech by Rachel Carson herself
M.U.S.E., One Land, One Heart features songs by sixteen various eco-troubadors,
many of them nationally, and even internationally, known. M.U.S.E. (Musicians
United to Sustain the Environment) is a coalition of environmentally oriented
musicians. These are the artists and their songs featured on the album:
1. Craig Wagner -- Genesis 2. Magpie - We Belong To The Earth 3. Susan Grace - Stand Up For Love 4. Dakota Sid Clifford-- We Want The Whole Thing Back 5. Karen Goldberg -- Earth Day Song 6. David Elias - The Blue Planet 7. Alice De Micele -- Chinook Blues 8. John McCutcheon -- Leviathan 9. Joanne Rand- Bearing Witness 10. Peter and Lou Berryman -- Here's To Mother Nature 11. Lydia Adams Davis -- Song of Life 12. Dana Lyons -- The Tree 13. Joyce Rouse -- We Are One 14. Walkin' Jim Stoltz -- Oh, What A Life 15. Libby Roderick -- Low To The Ground 16. Paul Winter - Antelope Dreams of Her African Cousins
The purpose of M.U.S.E. is twofold: to raise funds for important wilderness and wildlife conservation efforts and to raise consciousness about the environment through our music. They create and sell recordings, host concerts, and seek the public's donations, with all the profits going toward selected environmental protection projects. Through their efforts, the Earth's wild places are helped and the human link to those places is strengthened.
Price for this benefit album: $16.50 US, postage included. Contact: M.U.S.E. , PO Box 671, South Lyon, MI. 48178.
or E-mail at: MUSEassociation@juno.com
Bill Oliver - aka "Mr. Habitat." This Texas singer-songwriter is the one who wrote the classic eco-hits
"Have to Have
a Habitat," and "Muir
Power to You." Frequently performing for schools, parks, and nature festivals, his environmentally-themed albums include:
- Audubon Adventures - 15 eco-hits for teachers, students and nature lovers of all ages, including "Shopping Maul" "Turtle Island," "Audubon Song."
- Better Things to Do
- Texas Oasis
- Habitat - Bill's classic album with all his hits!
- Live at Lassen - Campfire comedy is king in this live album.
- Friend of the River (2001) His album Friend of the River (2001) features the title track, plus "Spawn 'till you Die", "Me and Stickeen," several dam-bustin' songs, and lyrical tributes to late environmentalists Hazel Wolf and David Brower. Contact: Texas Deck Music, 801 W. Gibson, Austin, TX 78704.
- Roger Payne - Deep Voices: Songs of the Humpback and Other Whales - Living Music Records, P.O. Box 72, Litchfield, CT 06759, (203) 567-8796. The sequel album to the 1970's Songs of the Humpback Whale, the best-selling all-animal voice album of all time. "Whale songs have touched the human species with their eloquence and serve as a bridge between mammals on land and in the ocean. The album is "earth music" of the highest caliber and it deserves to be heard because it brings peace, joy, and wonderment to humans who experience these beautiful sounds." - Anja De Klein.
- Raffi - Evergreen, Everblue
- River of Song - an Anthology of River Songs - Various Artists, including Chuck Pyle, Katie Lee, Tom Russell, and Terry Tempest Williams. A lyrical boat trip down the mighty rivers of North America - especially the Colorado. Back of Beyond Books information page. (2000)
- Rhymin Reason, Eco-Logic - Rich and Tonya Mandl, the songwriting duo of Rhymin' Reason, are both public school teachers in Los Angeles dedicated to teaching environmental education through music.
- Remy Rodden - Think About the Planet- A terrific, lively album of environmental songs on such themes as habitats, biodiversity, cycles, introduced species and more! Another album with environmental themes is In the Hills. Lyrics and mp3 sample clips available.
- Sally Rogers - Piggyback Planet: Songs for a Whole Earth" (Available from Sally Rogers, P.O. Box 98, Abington, CT 06230.)
- Joyce Rouse - Earth Mama - Her latest album Under the Rainbow is absolutely fantastic, but so are her others including Grass Roots!, Around the World with Earth Mama, Love Large, and Christmas Heart. Earth Mama's music is fun and enjoyed by all ages, while teaching important messages about sustainable living, recycling, and eco-activism. Earth Mama music spreads the word about sacred ecology and simple living. Earth Mama music is truly "music therapy for the planet. Highly recommended!
- Sagewing - Creation: Earth Day (1995) - Lovestar Records, 13349 Barbara Ann Street, North Hollywood, CA 91605. - This album features 11 beautiful original songs dedicated to planetary harmony.
- Nancy Schimmel - Two albums about animals and ecology: Head First And Belly Down, and All In This Together.
- Pete Seeger - God Bless the Grass - his is the one that started it all! Originally released in 1966, it has been re-issued on CD with three additional tracks in 1998! Click on the album title above for my review of the album.
- Shaw Brothers - New Hampshire Naturally (Official State Song) on their Album Flight Without Wings - 10 songs for and about New Hampshire and her State Parks
- Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance - Slick Rock and Sage Brush - Songs for Utah Wilderness - a collection celebrating the wilderness of Utah, a fundraiser for a great cause! Features songs by various artists, including Ken Shaw Julie Hill, Big Suckin' Moose, Anke Summerhill, Jim Crowley, Cosy Sheridan, The Prairie Dogs, Larry Harper, Sally Shuffield, R.J. Garn, Katie Lee, Walkin' Jim Stoltz, Wendy Ohlwiler, Phillip Kent Bimstein/ Abramyan String Quartet, Terry Tempest Williams, The Coyote Angel Band, and Kevin Ziegenhagen-Slick.
- Stan Slaughter - Eco-Troubador
- In Tune with All Species - Songs about wildlife
- Rot' N Roll - songs about recycling and composting
- Unintended Consequences - songs about household hazardous waste and groundwater
- J.P. Taylor and the Academics - Singin' for the Earth - Educational songs for kids emphasizing wildlife protection.
- Various Artists - SOS Planet Earth, Narada World. This benefit album unites artists from five continents to call attention to the dire straits facing our planet Earth. Each artist has contributed to the album because they care about our world and people who inhabit it.
- Don Waite - Earthsongs - These songs cover many serious topics including water, air pollution, the five R's (recycling etc.), the greenhouse effect, and much more, but in a humorous fashion that encourages group participation and laughter.
- Douglas Wood - Earthsongs, Solitary Shores
- Lisa Thiel and Ani Williams - Sisters of the Dream - Songs to Help Us Remember our Connection with Nature. Contact: White Wing Productions, P.O. Box 234, Atwood, CA 92601.
- Various Artists - Put on Your Green Shoes - an environmentally-themed, all-star benefit family album released by SONY MUSIC, 1993. It features such artists as Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Indigo Girls, Dr. John, Richie Havens, Olivia Newton-John, Tom Chapin and Tom Paxton. Cherry Lane Music published the matching "Put On Your Green Shoes" songbook/folio. Sponsored by Songwriters and Artists for the Earth.
- ZunZun - Flabbergasted, and Sea, Land & Sky - two terrific albums in Spanish, Portuguese, and English about nature and fun; original songs with a lively Latin rhythm. Music is the catalyst for traveling with mind and spirit through rainforests and oceans and encountering Amazon river dolphins, jaguars, sea turtles, coho salmon, sea otters, and many others. Also available: "Flabbergasted Educational Guide" for expanding on the themes of the album. For educational concerts and musicals, contact: Zun Zun, P.O. Box 2951, Santa Cruz, CA 95063. Telephone: (408) 426-0684. The duo also performs fabulous interactive programs for schools and organizations.
- Worm Drive Players - Worm Drive - The Musical - Yep, an edutainment musical about a worm round-up!
- Various Artists, If A Tree Falls - A 1996 benefit CD on the "Earth Beat" label, featuring: ; Song of the Trees - John Trudell The Devil and the Trees - Zero Trees - Robert Hoyt Never Alone - Joanne Rand and The Little Big Band If a Tree Falls - Bruce Cockburn Kiss Mother Nature Goodbye - Hank Williams Jr. Priests of the Golden Bull - Buffy Sainte-Marie A Cry in the Forest - Dan Fogelberg Where Are We Gonna Work - Jello Biafra/Mojo Nixon/Toadliquors Trees Like to Rot in the Forest - The Tinklers You Can't Clearcut Your Way To Heaven - Darryl Cherney Defend the Earth - Alice Di Micele Farewell to Clayguot Sound - The Wyrd Sisters Heart of Destruction - Ferron The Only Green World - Rumors Of The Big Wave
This collection of soul music reminds us of the importance of standing up for your rights, staying strong, and celebrating when ordinary citizens achieve victories in protecting our planet. Proceeds support Earthjustice's Where We Live campaign to promote the universal right to clean air and clean water. Artists include Mose Allison, Captain Beefheart, Rub�n Blades, Bob Dylan, Michael Franti & Spearhead, John Hammond (with Tom Waits), Norah Jones, Los Lobos, Maria Muldaur (with Bonnie Raitt), Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers, Karen Savoca, Pops Staples (with Ry Cooder), Sweet Honey In The Rock, Tina Turner (with Robert Cray), Dan Zanes (with Lou Reed and The Rubi Theater Company). Most of these songs are not directly on environmental themes.
For more information about Earthjustice and the Where We Live campaign, visit www.wherewelive.org.
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