When we sat down together to write our first song in the summer of 2006, “Why does the rain fall?” fell out in its entirety very quickly: an attempt to explain the root causes of destructive human behavior, and where hope lies in the infinite resource of love and creativity. It surprised us both, because the form of the lyrics and music were different than anything either of us had done before.  It was followed a month later by “March Of The Spirit Bear”, to commemorate our rare white black bears. And then “Big Dipper”, speaking to the urge to find each other and build community.  Then we knew something was up, because the songs were taking shape somewhat effortlessly–a melding of my environmental leanings and Kevin’s rock pop sensibilities.

In 2007 our theme song, “I Am The Future” fell out of a show we did a the Building Sustainable Communities conference.  We were performing with a small choir of kids for an audience of “suits” who had no idea what to expect; they all jumped to their feet twice in standing ovations.  The conference organizer, Joanne Devries said, “When you see 10-year old children singing with such conviction, you can’t help but be moved.”  Turning to the choir, she continued, “I want you to go out into the audience, go up to people, shake their hand, look them in the eye, and say, ‘We’re counting on you'”.

“Sun and Sea” was inspired by learning about the giant plastic floating landfill in the North Pacific gyre.  We both grew up on the West Coast, and summers were spent at the beach–there is no greater happiness in life than to be a child playing in the sun around the water.  And now, to know that idyllic experience exists in concert with an unfolding ecological disaster… the only thing we could think to do was write a song.

“Up Your Watershed!” was our response to the disappearance of the Fraser sockeye in spring 2009, when 10 million were projected to return, and only 1 million showed up.  “Snows of Kilimanjaro” spans the continents and the melting glaciers of the Rockies and Himalayas, and the consequences to nature and humankind.  “Creatures of Habitat” celebrates the remarkable diversity of ecosystems in BC, and areas being protected by The Nature Trust… and links the ideas of getting outside, getting healthy and getting to know our home places.

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