I am having trouble organising/articulating my thoughts for my previously flagged “dear-to-my-heart” post. When I write about serious issues, I like to think that I don’t talk crap – that my discussion is well considered (you can retire the girl from policy analysis but you can’t take the policy analyst out of the girl). So, I have been doing some research and this has taken me down some holes that require, upon emerging, a full body scrub and several showers to feel clean again.
Anyway, this is not said post. It is a link to a short TED talk from ex-shearer and award-winning West Australian C&W singer, Pete Byfield. I caught a performance by Pete at a country market.
Pete was just cruisin’ by, and dropped in to share a few songs. I bought one of his CDs for my mum, but I might keep it for myself. This is very strange for me, ladies and gentlemen, because the mythology we have created around farmers and working the land, and the songs that reflect that myth, irritate me somewhat. But I found Pete’s thoughtfulness refreshing. A bit more folk, protest-song genre, than straight country and western eulogising. In his TED talk, Pete asks, “Are we [farmers] employing sustainable land use practices? Are we contributing to climate change? Are we adaptable? Can we do it differently? ….. Who are WE?”
The changes that must be made to protect our planet and our livelihoods, are not changes to be made by just “some” (ie. you or me), but changes to be made by “all” (ie. us). What that involves, will be different for different people.
Check out Pete’s talk below. Make sure you stay for his song at the 6:30 minute mark (or if want to just listen to the song, Hounds Are Howling, you can find it in the usual places). I hope you love it as much as I do. Howling in the chorus is not obligatory, but how can you resist? And if you really, really like the song, check out Pete’s website here.
Pete dedicated a song to me on the day. Must have been because I was so enthusiastic in my applause.
Now, I had better get back to writing my other post, or do the laundry, pat the hound, or something.
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