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Spanish Moss: Music Meets Mobilization

Written by Sven Eberlein

templetonAfter my article about putting the Heat on Chevron this summer got published this weekend in Yes Magazine and Common Dreams, I got a Facebook message from Christopher Templeton, a Vermont-based musician who turned me on to a tune called Spanish Moss he wrote about the madness of overconsumption and corporate greed that has got our planet bursting at the seams.

Aside from his really cool stream of consciousness poetry Christopher is a total shredder on the steel guitar, so this song really takes you places even without the words. It makes my heart tick a little faster, because combining great musicianship, original compositions, and environmental messages is exactly what I was pouring my heart into for 13 years with Chemystry Set. And with Regi Wooten on bass you know you can’t go wrong.

So thanks Christopher for getting in touch, these sorts of connections are the internet at its best!

I’ll leave you all with Christopher’s message, his song, and an excerpt from my Chevron article. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the whole album, The Tapper. There’s some other nuggets on there, like this advice for the automobile industry.

Sven, Thank you for your article in Common Dreams about Chevron. I would like to think that they would want to be a little more responsible for what they do, especially given the kind of $ they make. My name is Chris Templeton, live in Vermont and play pedal steel guitar. I want to share with you a song I wrote that relates to your article. Here it is: Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Chris Templeton

from Chevron Pollutes, Here’s What the People Did Back:

While there are no signs that Chevron is going to give an inch, it’s safe to say that the corporation’s refusal to become a responsible 21st-century business has awakened a sleeping giant: the people. Keeping the heat on a corporation that made $26 billion in profits last year alone is no small task, but all the money is worth a little less if it no longer buys a polluter’s most coveted assets—public silence and apathy.

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