On our blue planet the dominant feature is ocean. Atlantic and Pacific, Indian, Arctic and Southern, these five great ocean basins contain 97 percent of Earth’s water. The vapor they release into the atmosphere returns as rain, sleet and snow, ever replenishing the planet with freshwater. All life, including our own, is dependent on the ocean. Understanding the ocean is essential to comprehending this planet on which we live. The ocean takes care of us. It’s about time we returned the favor.
This CD is the result of a unique collaboration between the Banana Slug String Band and four heavy hitting, ocean-focused organizations that represent thousands of ocean scientists and educators nationwide: the National Science Foundation-funded Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE); the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA); the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Our goal is to inspire young people and families to learn and care about the ocean. The health of our planet depends on it. And who says saving the planet can’t be fun?
We hope you enjoy the music, and that you sing out for our blue planet whenever you get the chance. Most of all, we hope you never forget, we have Only One Ocean!
Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley
Director, COSEE California
I see environmental science education affecting us three ways – the head, the heart and the hands. Ocean Literacy supports this holistic approach. With the head, we learn about what we view now as “only one ocean.” Questions are raised and discoveries become more sophisticated. The ocean inspires heart-felt expression and, with the hands, we work for its health, so essential to the planet.
In our Ocean Literacy CD Project, we’ve tried to capture these ideas of knowledge, beauty and a call to action. Music is powerful that way. “Going Down, Down, Down,” inspired by the music of Michael Franti, gives a fact-filled rhyming extravaganza as “we walk the ocean floor,” learning about geology and bathymetry. “The Living Sea,” inspired by the Imax movie, is enhanced by Karamo Cissokho’s stunning kora playing.
This project hatched a few years ago at the NMEA Conference in Maui. While snorkeling, we witnessed a turtle-cleaning station. One call to action, “Turtle Ate A Jelly,” tells how turtles mistake plastic bags for jellies. The cutest kid voices you’ve heard encourage us to keep plastic out of the sea. Great Lakes COSEE members suggested a song about how the ocean is part of everyone’s life. They will be two stepping when they hear, “Ocean Everywhere,” with Grammy-Award-winning BeauSoleil giving it Cajun zeal. The Hawaiian chorus of “Coral Reef,” E malama, malama, malama,i ke kai, inspires us to continue working to protect the ocean. We hope this album inspires you and your little ones to use your head, heart and hands to do the same.
“Solar” Steve Van Zandt
What is Ocean Literacy?
Ocean Literacy is the understanding of the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean. For additional information and ocean education resources, visit these sites: www.oceanliteracy.net www.marine-ed.org www.cosee.net www.education.noaa.gov www.lawrencehallofscience.org/mare www.nmsfocean.org
Banana Slug String Band
“Solar” Steve Van Zandt
Guitar & Vocals
“Marine” Mark Nolan
Guitar, Mandolin, Dulcimer, Ukulele & Vocals
Doug “Dirt” Greenfield
Electric & Acoustic Bass Guitar & Vocals
“Airy” Larry Graff
Guitar & Vocals
All songs written by Steve Van Zandt
Arrangements by the Banana Slug String Band, Will Kahn & Jonathan Arthur
Produced & Engineered by Will Kahn
Assistant Producer/Vocal Producer: Jonathan Arthur
Executive Producers: Doug Greenfield & Larry Graff
Victor Wooten – Electric Bass
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Michael Doucet – Violin & Cajun Vocals
Jimmy Breaux – Accordian
Billy Ware – Washboard
Mitch Reed – Violin
George Winston – Slack-key Guitar
Brett Dennen – Vocals
Tim Carbone – Violin
Zach Gill – Upright Piano, Hammond Organ
Barry Phillips – Cello
Will Kahn - Electric Guitar, Percussion, Drums & Electric Keyboards
Jonathan Arthur – Vocals, Vocal Arrangements, Choir Directing
Karamo Cissokho - Kora
Stewart Dean - Alto Sax
Kevin Dinoto – Lead Pan Drum
Valerie Joi Fiedmont – Vocals
Papiba Godinha - Cavaco
Heather Houston - Vocals
Lars Johnanesson – Flute, Piccolo
Kealohaoku'upu'uwai – Hawai’ian translation
Luke Kirley - Trombone, Sousaphone, Tuba
Reuben Rogers - Bass
Richard Salzberg – Vocals
Anne Stafford - Tenor & Baritone Sax
Ron Work – Bass Pan Drum
This album is dedicated with love to Kyle Strang and Kealohaoku'upu'uwai (love of my heart). We also dedicate it to the Gulf of Mexico.
Special Thanks to
Stephanie Raugust of Pacific School Chorus
Melanie Redman – Vocal Coach
Santa Cruz Guitar Company for all their generosity – great guitars, warehouse space & loan of the theremin
Mixed by Rich Williams at Paradise Studios
Mastered by Ken Lee
Cover art: Beautiful ocean murals by the students of Monarch Elementary School
Design: Mythmaker Creative Services