Happy New Year 2011

Jan 2011
H ere’s my cover of Joni Mitchell‘s Big Yellow Taxi for you.
A kind of breakbeat and blips version.

♬ – BIG YELLOW TAXI – (Jungle Physicians cover)
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5mb MP3 (192 kbps)


Mitchell’s lyrics and melodies will always resound.

I started sketching this version about 9 months ago, but put it aside to simmer. Recently, it seemed like it was time to get back to it.

The day I reopened the session, I ran into this article: grist.org/article/food…

Photo by Martin LaBar

It discusses a recently leaked document which shows that since 2003, the EPA has allowed wide use of the pesticide clothianidin, which is toxic to bees, despite their own scientists’ warnings.

It goes on to make a case that the use of this pesticide is a major contributor to the mysterious annual massive die-offs of honeybees “known as ‘colony collapse disorder’.”

It struck me as a parallel to the “DDT” in Ms. Mitchell’s lyrics, so you’ll hear that substitution.

I hope you enjoy this version and I wish you a happy and healthy 2011.

peace & love,

PS: Pretty interesting interview clip:


Updates Spring 2011

Interesting short film on a beekeeper in Hong Kong:


Link of interest:
Whole Foods Market: “Bee the Change” Facebook Community

Ellen Page: Vanishing of the Bees documentary trailer
Screening in Whistler June 14th