Today over 190 countries around the world are collectively celebrating Earth Day. The annual event founded in 1970 to honor the planet we call home serves as a yearly reminder of the valuable resources provided to us by the third stone from the sun. This week’s Saturday Stream presents a Spotify Playlist collecting songs that have been influenced by nature, weather and many other treasured aspects the Earth offers.
Nature has long been an enduring muse for songwriters, with the planet’s oceans, mountains, rivers and skies providing an endless source of inspiration. The wind, rain and snow, the four seasons, fire, water and the world’s plants and animals also regularly find their way into the lyrical content of songs. Those elements and other traits displayed by Mother Nature, either as metaphor or direct illustration, are sprinkled throughout the playlist.
The genre-crossing, decades-spanning 50-song set showcases such jam scene favorites as the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Phish, Trey Anastasio, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Bruce Hornsby and The String Cheese Incident. Classic rock luminaries like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Band, The Who, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Rush and Lou Reed are represented. There are also selections by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Ryan Adams, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Ween, The Staples Singers, Yo La Tengo, Arcade Fire and a few others.
Soundtrack your Earth Day with the playlist below: