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:
Saturday’s Trey Anastasio concert in Charlotte featured three songs he hadn’t performed solo acoustic in over a decade.
The initial lineup for the inaugural Camp Greensky has been revealed by Greensky Bluegrass.
Watch a wild end to space featuring three members of Dead & Company on keys followed by a gorgeous “Looks Like Rain” in tribute to John Perry Barlow.
Three-fourths of the Smashing Pumpkins’ classic lineup is reuniting for an extensive summer tour.
Introducing a new festival featuring a bevy of New Orleans acts called Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown.
Pink Talking Fish worked all of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ double album into a marathon set at The Capitol Theatre that also featured Phish and Talking Heads covers. JamBase contributor Sarah Bourque captured the action.