Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Brookfield - they wanna pave paradise...

For a while now there have been protest songs.

Music is a powerful medium with which to get a message across.

A beautiful aerial shot of Brookfield Plantation - showing the large area of trees in all their glory - had been posted on Facebook with the comment 'as the song goes, you don't know what you've got til it's gone'.

As I lay awake early the next morning, the lyrics of Joni Mitchell's song were going round in my head.

I then had an idea - as the Gretton Music Festival was such a success this summer, why don't we ask local musicians to do a cover version of 'Big Yellow Taxi', changing some of the lyrics to fit the Brookfield cause, and put it on YouTube?

So, as I sat at my computer early on Sunday morning, I suggested the idea on Facebook, not sure if anyone would agree.

The feedback was instant and positive, which was encouraging.

Then Terry Forsey, organizer of the Gretton Music Festival, ran with this idea and is sorting out the musicians and venue.

Before we knew it, a musical protest was born!

At a time and date to be confirmed, local musicians will perform their version of Joni's classic environmental protest song, her lyrics more poignant than ever.

This will then be posted on YouTube for (hopefully) the world to hear.  The message about the campaign to save Brookfield Plantation is literally spreading far and wide!

Remember "You don't know what you've got till it's gone,

They paved paradise..."         
Thanks for reading!  Hx


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