Rising Appalachia is the band of the day. They are from New Orleans, Louisiana. Two sisters, Leah and Chloe Smith are the two main players. As I listen to their creations, I can’t help but think back to the music of the late 60’s and how the attitudes toward “The Man” fueled the most creative and innovative period of music during the last couple hundred years. These girls are overflowing with talent and innovation and their fuel is love for the land and all the land’s inhabitants. Discovering these girls on Pete Seeger’s birthday was fitting and I knew that sharing them soon as I could was a must for my own conscience. My ten year old daughter is flower child. She recently wrote the President a letter on her own about her dreams for the world and what she want’s to contribute. She wants to start a center for the homeless, providing education, healthcare, food and therapy. She wrote about pollution and wanting world peace. I told her to chase her dreams with every fiber in her soul. I will not filter her dreams as my Father did mine. I’d venture to say the Smith household was a place full dreams and without dream filters. People with young ones, tear them filters down. Let them find those filters on their own. Give them a chance to rip through them.
The sounds created here are self labeled World Folk/Soul. The Earth itself is singing out to be heard through these two beautiful humans. Our planet is crying out for help, but we fail to hear her. It is significant that no mountain top was removed or Nuclear waste was buried to produce the sounds from Rising Appalachia. They use a tremendous variety of acoustic instruments and numerous artists contribute to their creations. I figure there will be plenty of readers who like to keep politics out of their iPods and speakers, but imagine the musical revolution in the late 60’s without artists like Pete Seeger laying the groundwork for that revolution. If you question the power and influence that music can have, than maybe you have forgotten about this old track(Yankee Doodle.) Relax and let the earth sing to you. It is a beautiful thing.
The first video “Scale Down” is pure earth soul. The second video “Swoon” is perfection. The third video “Filthy Dirty South” is a beautiful green track.
Have a blessed day. Fill your hearts with kindness and remember nothing is more important than today.