Greetings friends! It’s been a minute, and we hope this finds you well.
We’ve spent a good part of this year home, writing new songs about pretty much everything we could think of. One day earlier this year we were having a discussion about the most recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, stemming from the explosion and tragedy aboard the Deepwater Horizon in 2010. A song came from that discussion, and it later came close to being included in the feature film about the event, and then it sat idle for many months as we continued to write. We knew we had written something poignant and honest, but weren’t sure at the time what to do with it.
A couple days ago we were writing again, and throughout the day we were discussing the events going down at Standing Rock. The common thread being oil, through (and before) water. Big money vs. the little guy. Right vs. Wrong. How the native Americans have been historically bulldozed in large part by our nation’s dependency on oil, and most disturbingly, how peaceful protesters are being treated as attackers, and almost like terrorists. They want a conversation, they want respect for their dead, and they want a guarantee of clean drinking water. When you show up to a conversation and a disagreement armed to the teeth and absolutely not willing to compromise, there are going to be problems, and the inhumane actions of the police and hired security teams have so far proved that to be true.
As the pipeline is touted by it’s creators and investors to be the safest it can possibly be, history shows that no matter the promise of man, no matter how much we hope something tragic or destructive won’t happen, it always can.
“Tell me the worth of this life that we hold, is it deepwater gold?”
What is the cost, in lives, in health, in freedom, for our conveniences, and our comforts? We strongly believe this should always be accounted for, and that the obsession of a few with power and money should be kept in check by the many it will ultimately affect.
This is our song, Deepwater Gold. We hope above all else, that it makes you think, and believe and remember that your voice is important, and necessary.
- Folk & Singer-Songwriter