Eight years ago, I bought my first Ukulele from a little shop in Byron Bay. I was camping in a jungle campground at a local hostel, and spent countless hours playing this tiny red uke. This was the first song I ever wrote on ukulele, and after all these years, I've finally taken it to the next step.
I've had the ukulele part for all this time, and never wrote lyrics or a melody until recently. Inspired by a film entitled 'STAND' (www.standfilm.com
), the words of this song are dedicated to this beautiful place I call home, and all that is currently at stake with the proposed pipeline by Enbridge.
Enbridge Inc, a Calgary-based oil and gas company has proposed the construction of a 1,170 km pipeline running from Alberta’s tar sands to Kitimat on British Columbia’s west coast. From here, crude oil would be loaded into super tankers bound for Asia. Before reaching the open ocean, these tankers would first need to pass through some of the most dangerous navigable waters in the world―the narrow inlets of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Long protected by the 1972 Trudeau government moratorium on crude oil tankers plying British Columbia’s north coast, these waters are now facing the risk of oil spill. Potentially, 225 Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) per year would each transport approximately 2 million barrells of oil through the Great Bear Rainforest. In context, today’s supertankers carry ten times the volume of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Put simply, the pristine marine and terrestrial ecosystems as well as the people of the Great Bear would likely not recover from such an incident.
This issue is perhaps the most important environmental issue in B.C. history. Whats more, a catastrophic oil spill could reach beyond borders and impact much of the Pacific North West coastline.'
Please take a moment and watch the STAND trailer here: www.standfilm.com
released March 28, 2014
Written/Recorded The Space by: Vince Vaccaro
Ukulele/Guitars/Vocals/Percussion: Vince Vaccaro
Backup Vocals: Sally Hunter