Bird and the Bees.


Andrew Bird is a musician I have always been inspired by. His command of music and ability to produce organic sounds and melodies has always captured me. To me, music has always played a subtle role in shaping social awareness. As this years election comes up, I encourage people to think about the environment as the cast their ballots–a topic that has by and large been missed in the presidential debates, but not by Andrew Bird. The song “Desperation Breeds” is clearly inspired by deep ecology. As Bird sings “In this era without bees, We keep breeding desperation, In this era of thieves, Who keep stealing respiration from the tenderest of trees.” Maybe a song of how things are now or a somber portrait of what’s to come given our trajectory, the first time I heard it I found my head spinning with these dilemmas.

Take a look for yourself at A World Without Bees.com and see just why those little guys are so important to us humans. As a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder I only became aware of this issue when I went to see a film on it with my physics professor, hosted in conjunction with the Colorado State Beekeper’s Association.

I encourage you to listen to this song, and read up on this issue.

“Desperation Breeds…”

Beekeeper sing of your frustration

In this litigious breeze
Of accidental pollination
In this era without bees
We keep breeding desperation
In this era of thieves
Who keep stealing respiration
From the tenderest of trees
This peculiar incantation
Sure you heard it before
Instead of breeding desperation
Make me a pallet on your floor

Beekeeper sing of your frustration

In this litigious breeze
Of accidental pollination
In this era without bees
Without bees, oh. Without bees.
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