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Earth Song, Michael Jackson
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Harry Belafonte – The Gifts They Gave
MUSICA PRO ECOLOGICA
By Eric Stokes
For eons mankind has been conquering Nature. Now he is beating it to death. Music, if only merely for its own survival, must actively oppose this. All of our music must take up the recurring, fundamental themes of our time: Ecos, the land ethic, the connectedness of all things and forms of life, the created purities of earth, air, fire and water.
To the extent that we composers and musicians do not focus our music on these themes we shall be standing aside while the planet, which sustains our art, sickens and dies. Taking up these basic themes we will show how music can give more than shallow entertainment or trendy sensationalism. We will show how it can serve the life-preserving causes of our time on Earth Island.
©Copyright 1990 Eric Stokes