Can an Independent Recording Artist Help Re-Create the World?

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How will the choices we make today affect the world of tomorrow? This is the question being asked by an independent recording artist with the release of her new online video. The vast population living in urban cities is having the effect of consolidating and limiting the choices being offered to people. Robin looks at some options that are available.

If you have been around for a few decades, then you have probably noticed some changes.

Highways where traffic moved at a fair speed in the 70's and 80's are now jammed with cars inching along; orchards and open spaces once offering food, oxygen, and beauty throughout towns have become malls and solid concrete strips; and where drinking tap water was once taken for granted, the thought of consuming unfiltered, unpurified, or un-bottled water is unfathomable.

So what would the modern world be like if the people of yesteryear hadn't spoken out on behalf of the parks, air and food quality, wildlife, waterways, and working conditions among many other concerns. Then again, what would life be like today, if back in the 50's and 60's there had been enormous public and corporate pressure to develop and put federal dollars into alternative fuels and open space planning and preservation? If we knew then what we know now, would we have made other choices?

This leads up to the question being asked by one recording artist, Kristine Robin, in her new online video "Creating the World of Our Dreams," (which can be viewed at: http://www.kristinerobin.com/worldofdreams/oneisthesun.html) ÂÂ…exactly how will the choices we make today affect the world of tomorrow?

Robin's video, featuring her song "One is the Sun" from her debut album "Everchanging Tides," combines music, images and words to address this provocative question. By collaborating with photographers from around the world she was able to obtain vivid images to pose this question as well as to tell stories reflecting on humanity's challenges and triumphs.

Robin says, "I sometimes think about what kind of life my three children will have when they're grown and want to have homes and children of their own."

Certainly, she is not alone when she ponders this question. 47% of the world's 6.4 billion population lives in urban cities, and when you look at industrial countries such as Japan, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and much of Western Europe the figure rises to 79% or more. (Population figures from the 2005 World Population Data Sheet of The Population Reference Bureau - http://www.prb.org)

Having this many people living in moderate to heavily populated cities has had the effect of consolidating and limiting the choices that are offered to people to satisfy their necessities. Choices that are already defined for most of the population and are offered in a fairly structured manner range from where to obtain food, drinking water, clothing, available modes of transportation, where and how to get power, all the way down to how houses may be constructed.

While the public would like to hope that these choices were made to be most beneficial to the health of their families and communities, this has not always proven to be the case. Even when they may want to make better choices, the options aren't always obvious or readily available.

This is one issue Robin hopes to address when she suggests that, "Individuals can always influence the availability of options by how they vote, spend their money, or publicly voice their concerns."

Commenting on the video, which is inspired by a Hopi prophecy that speaks of the need to live by nature's laws to insure the survival of future generations, Robin says, "Innovating ways to simplify our lives that put less stress on natural resources is another option we all have."

It seems that people are responding to Kristine Robin's message. Since her video was released in early September, she has received a tremendous world wide response with over 100,000 hits on her website and many offers ranging from participating in an Israeli/Palestinian/Christian/Hopi peace vigil in Jerusalem to being a featured artist on numerous websites.

Within the song in her video is a prayer spoken in Native Cheyenne by her adopted Cheyenne grandfather, Eugene Blackbear (also known for his role as chief in the film Last of the Dog Men with Barbara Hershey.) The intent of the prayer, which humbly asks Creator to help guide the people of the world safely through these tough times, is certainly something we can all appreciate.

Robin hopes the video will bring people's awareness to the choices they are making in their everyday lives, and how the affects of those choices are creating the world in which they live.

Kristine Robin is a member of ASCAP and The Recording Academy. Her album Everchanging Tides is available from Amazon, CD Baby, http://www.kristinerobin.com, and retail stores across the country (listed on her website.) Currently 50% of profits from album purchases made through her website go to hurricane relief organizations. Another song from Robin's album entitled "The Dark and Light" will be featured later on this year in an upcoming film called "Dancer's Dreams" from Windsong Pictures.

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