UP IN THE TREES EP
"Up in the trees you can see
things that we built,
this world that we made,
but what have we gained
if we don't understand
our connection to the land?"
ABOUT THE EP
I went to Hawaii 4 years ago with my family. During a hike, I met a local man who was painting and selling his art. We had a great conversation about nature. One thing that really stuck with me was when he said “If you close your eyes, you can hear mumma earth breathe”. So I wrote this song, Close Your Eyes, developing on that conversation we had.
I read a book called “The Power of Now” by Echart Tolle. The book is about focusing on the present, and using meditation as tool to find your inner peace. Sun is gonna shine is a reflection on those ideas. It was originally going to be a reggae song when I wrote it 3 years ago, but we decided to make it a bit more folky while keeping the reggae influence in some of the instruments.
I wrote this song at a time when I was setting my path, in terms of who I wanted to be. Often times, the lyrics to my songs are just a reminder to myself, to reinforce certain ideas I have. This is one of those songs, reminding me to stay true to myself. I hope that message resonates with the listeners as well.
I was living in Western Australia at the time I wrote this song. It’s such a beautiful part of the world, I was surrounded by nature - old, tall trees, birds, water... the experience was very grounding. I felt so connected to nature. That led me to reflect on the situation of deforestation, and sustainable solutions- one of them being hemp. I read a book called the “Emperor Wears no Clothes” and I was astonished by the history of hemp, and how much this plant has to offer to the world.