If you’re going to keep a green planet, and you’re having trouble remembering why, warm up your coffee, take a breath and sink into this one.  Dick Gaughan, Emmylou Harris, The McGarrigles, Rufus Wainwright, Alley Bain and Jerry Douglas.

It’s spring, no matter what the gyrations of the atmosphere, its the only spring we’ve got – so get out there and breath the moist air in – and mix it with this music in your chest.

Then, get back to work defending it with Dick Gaughan’s “Worker’s Song” (below the fold)  in your belly.

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Anais Mitchell is a Vermont based folksinger/composer with a a quirky sense of humor, pathos, and song.

This is a piece from her Opera – “Hadestown”. The voice you’ll hear is midwestern favorite Greg Brown, as Hades, Lord of the Underworld – doing a surreal and unearthly turn.

Across from the prison and beside the great lake
Below the rooftops and above the highways
The spirits pay rental on the basements they haunt
And the pages just draw pictures of the things that they want
I cook my dinner on the blacktop street
I come from the nation of heat

Outside the train station there’s a bold painted sign
It says try to be patient don’t forget to choose sides
We got the loudest explosions you ever heard
We got two dollar soldiers and ten dollar words
If I didn’t own boots I wouldn’t need feet
I come from the nation of heat

So swift and so vicious are the carnival rides
And the carnival barker yell your name for a bribe
we got billboards for love and Japanese cars
It ain’t rare to hear the streetlights call themselves stars
The more that I learn the more that I cheat
I come from the nation of heat

I seen skeleton mothers and hungry folks
Across the street from the kitchens that cookin the most
Sometimes you hear whispers by the dark of the moon
That we promised too much and gave it too soon
Even our coughs and our fevers compete
I come from the nation of heat

Blockin borders with smiles are immigrant sons
we measure loneliness and miles and misery in tons
There’s a staw-hatted man rowing away from the shore
Who says “It’s a shame they don’t let you have slaves here anymore”
I’m the ugliest man that you’ll ever meet
I come from the nation of heat

The “Playing for Change” video series is original, inspiring, and ground breaking.

This is a pretty good example of why.

We need the mighty Quinn now more than ever.

If this classic Dylan cover doesn’t make you want to move, dance, sing along, or at least shift in your chair – you should never be trusted with real power.