Message from Radio ASAP Founder Shirley ‘Baglady’ Lewis
What of GSC 2017? (including poetry section)
This has been the second GLObalvision Song Contest. My idea is, to get people round the world singing, about how much we love this place, what we’re doing that we’re proud of, what we need to do better, etc. To inspire us all.
The GSC is like Eurovision except it’s GLObal, and ‘with meaning’. It invites people from anywhere in the world, to sing about environment and social justice issues that affect them, and in any language.
I ﬁrst thought of the GSC when I was back in Northern Ireland, 2002-11 hearing brilliant Irish music all around me… but it was back here in Australia that we launched the GLObalvision Song Contest to the world, from EcoXpo in Sydney.
The 2015 GSC winner, who helped us launch this year’s GLObalvision Song Contest, was Gold Coast’s AKoVA. He sang The Revolution for Radio ASAP, joined by the voices of the girls and boys from Jasper Road Public School, Baulkham Hills, Sydney.
This year, the contest has developed TWO very exciting strands which could easily, with the right support, grow to global proportions! (1) The general GSC contest, for schools, choirs, bands, individuals; (2) a new strand which is the Great Musicians Supporting the GSC.
Results of the 2016 GLObalvision Song Contest
The ﬁrst thing is to thank every one of you, from Australia, Ireland, Germany, Canada, England, USA and elsewhere who’ve put your voices together, as solo musicians, in groups, choirs, bands… with so much inspiration to share.
You can listen to all the songs here.
The range of feeling from these songs, and the age and fame range – young to old, famous to unknown – seems to me to reﬂect our present world views on climate change, and what (if anything) to do about it.
There’s despair, dark thoughts, and warning: e.g. the haunting No Light from Aurora Blue [Canada], and Can’t Put It Back – Wailing Cockatoos and Johnny Fogg [Australia].
There’s hope and optimism: Planet Earth – Betty Palm and Barry Henninger [Oz], This Tree – Keith Potger [Oz], Peace by Piece – Suzanne Freeman and Darryl Chute [Oz].
And many calls for change.
But there’s something new and exciting, songs about how to: like Evie Pikler’s Sense of Humus, mitsch kohn’s Breathe and our strong supporter Miguel Heatwole with Ecopella, singing Divest!
There’s everything from rap – Ben Scarfe’s Earth Repair Rap – to reggae; and sacred madrigal like Ecopella’s beautiful Watching.
Our website designer Nick Earl, who has been working on our Great Musicians page, chose: Mia Muze’s The Oceans and Eüsh’s Awake. Why’d he pick these 2?
“I just liked the songs the most, simple really,” he said.
One other thing: as part of our Facebook call-out for people to suggest songs for the GLObalvision Song Contest, Anne Maree O’Neill from Mount Annan’s Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living sent us Rhythm Express’s Heat, Dust and Dreams. This song celebrates work done by the Namib Desert Environmental Trust (NaDEET) educating all Namibians to live a sustainable lifestyle through experiential programs in the Namib Desert in Southern Africa.
“I volunteered there in 2011, 2012, 2016 and have brought back much of what I learned to where I work now at the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living,” Anne said.
But the biggest entry group this year is schools: among these we’ve specially noticed:
- Casuarina Steiner School, Coffs Harbour, NSW, with THREE entries: afternoon choir, classes 3-6 and classes 1-2;
- Crabbe’s Creek Public School in northern NSW: great school song!;
- Katoomba schools, NSW combined choir – lovely performance of Monica Brown’s song One People One Land!;
- Kindle Hill School, Wentworth Falls, NSW, with TWO entries;
- St Andrew’s Cathedral School infants, Sydney.
WHO IS THE WINNER?
Our publicist Bridget Jackson, of Seed Communications, chose Chrysalis School, of Bellingen, NSW, with their song Ode to the Forest [Hover over to read lyrics], and the beautiful story [Hover over to read!] that goes with it.
“I love the Chrysalis song as it’s a gorgeous story – that the children were inspired to write the song following their school camp in an ancient forest. They then went back to the forest and sang the song to the forest. I just feel it’s a really beautiful approach and for them that song will always embody their experiences out there,” she said.
So the winner is: Chrysalis School, with their stunning song and story, Ode to the Forest.
A big congratulations!
What of the GSC 2017?
We could crowdsource GSC 2017… not with money but with songs! We already have entries for next year promised. We could ﬂing it to the 4 winds – or maybe, as Sting sang: ‘Message in a Bottle’.
There may also be a poetry section, launched by our communications manager Katherine O’Chee, with her poem ‘Flower by the Sea’.
Stay tuned, and happy holidays! Stay sustainable, and let’s help save the planet together!