Endangered Animals (Environmental Jenga)
As a musician and high school teacher, I have a unique opportunity to affect the thinking and conscience of young, formative minds. It\'s tremendously important for people to view animals as neighbors and partners on the planet. To me, the line in Take Only Pictures..."As responsible stewards not eco-bullies"...says it all. Animals aren\'t our possessions; they\'re our responsibility. But lectures aren\'t very effective in developing beliefs - I\'d much rather use a Gibson ES 333. So, after countless hours of researching, writing, and recording, I\'m extremely proud to offer this labor of love. There are ten different songs dedicated to endangered animals here, but I could have included so many more. This is sad and scary at the same time. Consider some of the statistics: only three thousand Manatees, 600 Key Deer, and fifty Florida Panthers left. And such hard lives our friends live. Can you imagine a half-ounce Kirtland Warbler flying fourteen hundred miles, or a mother Humpback Whale coaxing her calf a thousand miles a month just to reach feeding grounds in the Arctic? I wrote some of these songs in first person...er - animal, trying to elicit a sense of empathy. That's my purpose. So I urge you to listen carefully to the words as you enjoy the music. As Trophic Cascade explains..."Each level affects the next...it's Environmental Jenga."