Songs for our planet - in a pivotal time
by Jesse Richards
He’s a radio DJ and he’s been reading the news:
ice caps melting, acidified oceans rising,
coral reefs dying, whales choked on plastic…
He leans into the microphone,
"Earth's on fire,
and it'll take an epic force for good
to solve this thing!
Contact the station now and let us know —
Are you in?…
to hear all the songs
© Richards, Photo by Magdalena Marino
© Photo by Heyn
Eagle and the Condor
A teacher and healer who carries his tribe’s ancient teachings — who
comes from a people who can still
hear the voices of nature —
stands facing a group of college students… and begins to speak…
Something Worth Fighting For
You’re in the ultimate love relationship; she carries you from birth to death, and in between,
provides everything you’ll need in your life… And now when she needs you most… do you turn away, or lean back in and step up for her?
You are a seabird. You fish. The ocean is your home, your life, your joy, your sustenance.
Today the surface looks different, but you know fish are down there somewhere…
You sense something is wrong, but will you dive anyway?
The Sixth Extinction
"The Sixth extinction or Anthropocene extinction, is a current event, and is one of the most significant extinction events in the history of the Earth. This ongoing extinction of species coincides with the present Holocene epoch (approx. 11,700 years), and is mainly a result of human activity."
Wikipedia contributors. (2019, April 11). Holocene extinction. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
Retrieved 16:21, April 16, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Holocene_extinction&oldid=892002157
Cosmic Body of Life
© Photo by ArendV 0514
Whenever I hear of another animal injured, killed, or made extinct at the hands of humanity, I feel as though my heart is bleeding… But I imagine that sorrow is nothing compared to what its parent must feel…
Zero Footprint Man
This is based on tales of a local guy
who made it his mission to live
a zero footprint life.
Since it was way before there was
much talk about climate change,
how did he know?..
Was he listening to the Earth more deeply
than the rest of us had been?…
© Photo by Richard Van Der Spuy
Since reducing meat and dairy consumption will help prevent climate change...
Dare 1: Go vegan for a month and report what happens…. (Too hard? Ok, then eat two more vegan meals a week for a month and report back how it goes…) Dare 2: Dance in your kitchen while cooking a vegan meal —
like the folks in this next video did!...
Vegan Cooking Club
Go Zero Footprint
Here, this may
Everything about her stems from harmony
She sees the connections —
All life is a web of light
pulsing with consciousness,
Love pours from her and back to her
as she weaves her way
through all the luminous threads
© Photo by Fortepan
© Photo by J. Richards
Galaxies in a dewdrop
Fractals streak the sky
Golden ratios unfurling in ferns, shells, storms
Sweet sounds and wild symphonies emerge
Beauty that’s almost too much to bare
Blink, open, see
© Photo by Peter Freiman
© Photo by Mark Koch
One body of life expressed through
trillions of forms
Everyday a homecoming celebration
In this tapestry of life
We hope you enjoyed the musical journey!
If you would like to support
this project, here's a link to
One Earth at CDBaby:
One Earth is also available at
Itunes, Apple Store, Amazon,
and Google Music Store.
For a poster of the lyrics, click below
All songs on One Earth were written by Jesse Richards.
Jesse Richards - vocals, guitar, piano, synth; Mario Resto - guitar, bass, drums, percussion;
Geoff Michael - engineer, guitar, drum sequencing; Magdalena Mario - violin;
Matthew Steward - drums (on song One Earth); Jason Jfunnk Boekeloo - bass, guitar, synth (Bleed, Jane, One Earth)
One Earth was recorded at Big Sky Recording Studio
All songs © J. Richards 2018. All Rights Reserved.
No portion can be copied, recorded or used without the written permission of the artist.
Richards is a prolific musician and artist who transits many fields - vocalist, composer, performance artist, dancer, and sculptor. She lives in Michigan with her husband, Joseph Curtin, and their beloved dog, Miko Angelo.
In One Earth she collaborated most heavily with multi instrumentalist, Mario Resto and engineer/guitarist Geoff Michael. Additional musicians on One Earth include Matthew Steward, Magdalena Marino, and Jason JFunnk Boekeloo.
One Earth is the first release of a broader 7 CD project called, Safe In the World. Richards says, "Since 'One Earth' deals with our relationship with our home in the largest context, as well as our attention to her well-being, I thought this was a natural entree for the project…." The remaining Safe In the World CD's are due to be released throughout 2021 and 2022.
"Bodhi keeps watch" © J. Richards. All Rights Reserved.