On Sunday Kathleen, Doug and I drove to Nova Scotia’s south shore to visit family friends. Margaret and Ed, who live in Petite Riviere in a little cottage dubbed “le Petite Bleu”.
After an excellent meal, featuring produce from the garden, we set out together for Crescent Beach. This was our second year making this trip together to the beach to collect seaweed to mulch our respective garden.
In 1975, British musician Brian Eno created a ground-breaking album combining catchy pop riffs with experimental ambient sounds. He called it Another Green World. The music sounded like a soundtrack for aliens or music for astronauts orienting themselves to new physical laws. There were few lyrics and songs had titles like “Sky Saw,” “Sombre Reptiles” and “Spirits Drifting.” And of course, “Another Green World,” a song that painted not a picture, but a blinding expansion of vision. Listening to it, I felt as if I was emerging into an open meadow from a dark woods or suddenly discovering another habitable planet after years adrift in space. It’s one of the great dreams of science fiction or any fiction, to escape and find a better place. I grew up listening to Eno’s music. So I adopt his title, with a minor change, to suggest our challenge today is not to leave the planet but to see it differently and behave differently toward it.
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