Environmental writer, editor and musician Lorraine Anderson returns to Davis to present “Songs to Move the Earth: A Brief History of Environmental Music” at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 E. Portage Bay Ave.
From Woody Guthrie to Pete Seeger, and Joni Mitchell to Michael Jackson, modern songwriters have lamented and celebrated aspects of our relationship to the Earth.
“Their songs have deeply penetrated our hearts, reminded us of our destructiveness, inspired us to appreciate our one home, and urged us to take a stand,” a news release said. “Their words have forever changed us.”
Anderson will lead a tour of a dozen favorite environmental songs since 1940 when Woody Guthrie introduced “This Land is Your Land.” Spanning 70 years, her chosen favorites include a selection from “Missa Gaia” by Paul Winter and songs by Marvin Gaye and John Denver, among others. The audience will watch video performances, study lyrics, hear about the historical and personal context of each song, and nominate their own favorite environmental songs.
Anderson lived in Village Homes in West Davis from 1990 to 2005 where she edited and wrote the preface to “Sisters of the Earth” and co-authored “Cooking with Sunshine.” She now lives in Corvallis, Ore., where she prepared “Songs to Move the Earth” for a workshop at Oregon State University.
Desserts with iced tea or a glass of wine from the no-host wine table will start the evening on a sweet note at 7:15 p.m. before the musical delights begin.
The evening culminates with a live performance by local musicians George Haver, Jamie Knapp and Rick Palkovic of Tree-O performing Haver’s original song, “How Big is Our Print?” John Swann also will perform.
For those who wish, Village Homes is offering an hourlong walk through the planned, environmentally conscious community, including a visit into one passive solar home, a walk through the swales and common areas noting features such as the edible landscaping and natural drainage, and a chance for questions and answers with resident guides.
Visitors who wish to attend the walking tour should pre-register and arrive at 6:15 p.m.
The suggested donation at the door of $10 to $20 per person supports the work of the Cool Davis Initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change and improve the quality of life for all. Donations will contribute to a production of “The Search for King Carbon,” an original children’s drama by Nature’s Theater about lowering our carbon footprints. Watch for it at the Cool Davis Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, in Central Park.
For more information on the festival, visit www.cooldavis.org.
Space is limited for the Village Homes program. Pre-register at http://environmentalsongs.eventbrite/com.