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Melodeego: The Hippest Bike-Powered Band in Town

ImageTunes for the climate justice movement
They are digging us a hole
They are digging us a hole
Six feet underground
Where the pipeline will go

The movement for climate justice and to stop the Keystone XL pipeline needs some original songs and anthems.  Fortunately, the coolest green band in Boston –Melodeego – is on the case.

Here in New England, we’re protesting plans to transport tar sands oil across the region to tankers in Portland, Maine.  Activists connected to 350.org have targeted protests at the offices of pipeline purveyors, TransCanada, located in the suburban Boston town of Westborough.

In March, over 100 activists arrived for a “Funeral for the Future,” dressed in funereal black and hoisting a coffin.  What made the action sizzle, however, was an original dirge by Melodeego, sung a cappella by a hundred voices. The three band members were among the 25 activists arrested, their first act of civil disobedience.  They sang all the way to the police station.

They are digging us a hole
They are digging us a hole
Six feet underground
Where the pipeline will go
We will lay down our bodies
We will lay down our souls
We won’t stand by and watch
While they dig us a hole.

Okay, a bit gloomy –but it is a funeral dirge!  Plus if you really want upbeat music to save the planet, check out the rest of Melodeego’s music.  They’ve been writing moving music about the climate crisis and energy for over six years.  In 2008, they recorded “Embrace Your Energy Revolution,” inspired by the climate justice movement. You may have seen them at Occupy encampments or at rallies in Washington, D.C.

In their 2010 the song, “The World is You,” which has an original rock video, you really feel the unity of all beings.

You seem so far away

But it’s not true

Love you’re not alone

We are one body and the world is you.

Listening to Melodeego live, you don’t just want to dance, you want to pedal. Audience members take turns pedaling on three bicycle-powered generators that fuel the band’s sound system.  The band was inspired to go bike power after the BP oil spill.

Melodeego also been doing workshops on campuses and in community settings, what they call “Soul WakeUps,” These programs, inspired by the work of Johanna Macy and the “Awakening the Dreamer” workshops of the Pachamama Alliance, combine music, reflection, videos and discussion.

Next time you join an action around climate change, you may be singing a Melodeego song.  Enjoy!

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