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There Was Someone Named Rachel

A month or so ago, Jean Cassidy of Sheville.org told us about the musical composition she had written in honor of the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson‘s “Silent Spring“, and she promised to share with us a video of the work, when it became available.  She sent it to me a few weeks ago, so here it is.  This is a wonderful video, with the piece performed by  members of the singing group “Womansong” from Asheville, NC.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

A song “There Was Someone Named Rachel” to celebrate  the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring”, written by Jean Cassidy, arranged by Catherine Riley and sung by a small group of Womansong members, with Lytingale on keyboard.  Singers are  Winnie Barrett, Va Boyle, Jean Cassidy, Terri Crosby, Cathy Riley, Susan Taylor, Ellen Winner and Claudette Wren.

In Honor of Rachel Carson: “There Was Someone Named Rachel”

Jean of "Sheville.org"

Oops50 received the following email recently from our friend Jean Cassidy, one of the great women over at SheVille.org, who has written a piece of music in honor of Rachel Carson.  We love Rachel Carson, too, so we are including the lyrics below, from Jean’s email.  We would have included the actual score if we could have figured out how to post it! Please contact us at Oops50 to obtain a copy!

Dear Friends,
I’m on a mission to spread the word right now about Rachel Carson and her book Silent Spring on its 50th anniversary of publication.  Her lifetime work was the catalyst to our environmental movement.  Included please find the lyrics page along with the original score of my piece.  A small group here will be recording this and sending it out on YouTube soon.  If you would like to be notified when it’s available, you can let Oops50 know, and we’ll make sure you get it!  In the meantime, please send and share this post with your personal friends and colleagues who might be interested in using or performing the song in celebration of Carson and her important work…no charge, the benefit to me is in the enjoyment of creating the piece and of celebrating her monumental work.

Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and nature writer and one of the most influential environmentalists of all time.  Her books The Sea Around Us, The Edge of the Sea and especially the publication of Silent Spring on September 27, 1962, essentially began the environmental movement as we know it today.  Silent Spring not only influenced the practices of agricultural science and government, but encouraged all of us to be conscious of and drastically change the way we view our relationship to the natural world.

For more information,  please go to:  http://green.wikia.com/wiki/Silent_Spring

Jean Cassidy

www.SheVille.org

Rachel Carson

Here are the lyrics to Jean’s piece:

There Was Someone Named Rachel   

(words and music – Jean Cassidy/arrangement – Catherine Haas Riley)

Verse 1: Middle’s Melody

There was someone named Rachel, was very wise you see.

She knew a town in America that lived in harmony

with all the life around it, birds and all living things.

She wrote a book you might have read, it’s called Silent Spring.

Chorus      

So that the day will dawn upon us when we will see the light,

as the night returns to morning everything will be all right.

Verse 2           

There was someone named Robert, was very wise you see.

In nineteen forty-five he feared the destruction there could be

with energy and matter, Los Alamos was the place,

but he knew through history and art that humanity had a face.

Bridge: Soprano’s Melody

We are a people coming to light, humankind regaining its sight.

Can you feel it?  Can you feel it? 

Verse 3           

There was someone named Julia, was very wise you see.

Within the redwood forest she saved an ancient tree.

She lived among its branches, that’s how she earned her fame.

‘Twas rescued from the lumberjack, now Luna is its name.”

Chorus      

So that the day will dawn upon us when we will see the light,

as the night returns to morning everything will be all right.

Coda

We are a people coming to light, humankind regaining its sight.

Can you feel it, can you feel it, (can you feel it)?