1. Psychotic Bitch City 5:59
2. Requiem for a Rat 5:01
3. March of the Trashpickers 6:25
4. Traffic 10:24
5. Heroin 4:26
6. St. Anthony of Padua 3:48
7. High Steel 4:23
8. Sunset on the 14th Floor 8:22
9. Greenwich Village Rainforest 7:22
10. Midnight Radio 10:41
11. Gaia's Lament 5:27
Set in modern day Manhattan, where I spent a summer doing invited research, this is the beginning of the Gaia's Children cycle. Even post 9/11, New York City is the center of an incredibly powerful civilization gone wrong. As beautiful, busy, vibrant and exciting as New York City is, and Manhattan at the center of it, it is equally a sign of the things we just don't do well in modern cities in the USA.
For example, every week there were at least two trash days where I saw perfectly good things dumped because their owners had bought new ones (the boxes dumped along with them attested to that). Several times I saw the COMPLETE contents of apartments—and I mean EVERYTHING; you could have furnished a SMALL HOUSE!—left at the side of the street to be carted away for disposal. It was illegal to take it, but the early-morning trashpickers often got away with a lot.
In a city where homeless people sleep in stairways, no wonder Gaia laments—and as you will see in the rest of the installments, She does something about it.
This science fiction/fantasy tale may not ever come true, but how can we change? Must we all be put into the bodies of ants and birds to learn how to connect with the Earth? (My album "Extinction," #4 in the Gaia's Children cycle). Must we create an ice age by dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, until glaciers grind our cities back to pebbles? (My album "Succession,", #2 in the Gaia's Children cycle). Must we be sent to the stars to learn how to be human? And would we do any better there?
Listen to Gaia's Cycle, and the forthcoming Planetary Goddesses Cycle to hear a story of failure, challenge, success and hope. All of this originated in my 2008 album "Ylla" that scored Ray Bradbury's collection of short stories, "The Martian Chronicles." I find it amazing how far the human mind and imagination can take us through space and time.
Note: This album contains the song "Heroin" that I would rate PG-13 for language and drug use. I have been reluctant to release it, but since Mom is dead, well...