WNJ Exclusive: Pearl Jam rides amongst the waves to clean up Gulf oil spill
by David Wheeler, WildNewJersey.tv
Since their meteoric rise to stardom in 1992, Pearl Jam has celebrated surfing and the sea. From "Deep" to "Release," lyricist Eddie Vedder presented the bliss of surfing as nearly a divine gift, a spiritual retreat from the ills of modern society. Now Pearl Jam is bringing that focus directly to the fight to clean up the Gulf of Mexico.
As reported in Spin magazine, Pearl Jam released a video for "Amongst the Waves" to help support the organization Conservation International.
The video, for the song released on last year's Backspacer, highlights the beauty of the sea, from bottlenose dolphins to shorebirds, and references:
"I am up riding high amongst the waves where I can feel like I have a soul that can be saved /
Where I can feel like I've put away my early grave."
Back in the 1990's, no surfing road trip would be complete without Pearl Jam's 10 providing the soundtrack (for me, it was Ocean City, Maryland, in a 1993 hurricane). Yet after the disastrous BP oil spill, their anthem "Black" brings to mind images more like oil-covered pelicans and sea turtles.
To read more about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and New Jersey's efforts to support the fishermen, shellfish industry, and wildlife of the Gulf region, click here:
- A DC Birding Blog: Cleaning a Sea Turtle
- Audubonmagazine.org: Hooters Joins Gulf Cleanup Efforts With “Project Pantyhose”
- NGM Exclusive: Thousands gather at the Jersey Shore for largest movement against off-shore drilling
- HuffingtonPost.com: 70,000 Turtle Eggs To Be Moved From Oily Beaches In Massive Relocation Effort
- Wild New Jersey Exclusive: Buy a print to help birds and wildlife in the Gulf
- The Star-Ledger: N.J. monitors Gulf oil spill in case slick reaches East Coast