The change of seasons in Canada breaks the year into blocks that effect our moods, our productivity and our schedules. For example, cleaning the windows is not a good idea when it’s -40 degrees C outside. Sometimes Canadians need a break from the cold and if they can afford it, they head south. The concept of a winter break is something that my wife and I just started doing now that the family has dispersed to the four corners of the planet.
The winter of 2018 was a particularly brutal one, so I was on a plane to Mexico to meet up with my wife. The plan was to spend one week in Playa del Carmen and one week in San Miguel Allende. There’s not much to do on a plane, so I was letting my mind wander and I started to think about a book I had recently read by a professor at Berkly. (Richard Muller)
The book was called “Physics for future Presidents” and was meant to be a resource for presidents that didn’t necessarily have a deep knowledge of physics. He addressed a number of interesting issues, but one of the issue he talked about was global warming. In the book he explained that there had been a number of scientifically sound proposals to reverse the effects of global warming, but there was no appetite to implement them. He postulated that political parties need issues to talk about at election time and global warming was a good one. If they solved the issue, they would have to find another one. I don’t think he was trying to suggest a conspiracy, but it’s something to think about.
I was thinking about the book when I looked out the window and there was a cloud looking back at me. The cloud looked like an older, wise man’s face, with a longish grey beard. Fusing the two thoughts together, I imagined that he was telling me that he was running out of patience and that I needed to do something about global warming.
I decided that the best thing I could do at the time, was to write a song to expose the fact that not all problems that can be solved, will be solved.
Track #14 on “Wind&Fire”