What the Land Says to You

I recently heard a talk about how suburbanism is basically making our land ugly.  It is so ugly that it’s not worth fighting for.  We have taken our spaces and just made them functional and they are no longer aesthetically appealing.

They said that in the country, you have nature.  In the towns, we have splashes of nature just to give that space a sense of beauty, but that it isn’t working – Nature band-aids he called them.

The past 2 days, I’ve been listening to the Barefoot Natives – a duo from Hawaii – Eric Gilliom and Uncle Willie K.  Check out their site.  They have videos that you can check out.

Typical of Hawaiian music is this idea of the land speaking to you.  There’s a ton of songs that talk about an interaction between you and where you live.  I was going to list some of them, but check them out.  It won’t take you long to find songs that speak of the beauty of the land.  It won’t take you long to find songs that speak of the interaction that you can have with her.  I love the personification of the Hawaiian Isles.  If you’ve been there and spent any time with her, you’d know.

If you’ve never interacted with the land – I think you’re missing out.  It says something about you, and probably more important, she has something beautiful to say to you.

So where ever you – in the Mid-West, in the desert, in suburbia, what is the land saying to you?  What song would you write for her?  I’d love to hear it.  Is it one of abuse?  Is it one of beauty?

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