Album: Life On Earth (2022)
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  • Hurray for the Riff Raff's Life On Earth album ends with a recording of frontperson Alynda Segarra's favorite pandemic tree. A century-old giant oak in New Orleans' city park, local artist Jim Hart hung wind chimes of varying heights within its branches. They are all tuned to the pentatonic scale with each painted black to hide them from view. Segarra recorded them for the song and gave the singing tree a writing credit.

    During her daily run in the pandemic, Segarra would stop and look up at gnarled branches, realizing it made a music of its own. "It really was the best part of my run, so I recorded the sounds and even gave the singing tree its own songwriting credit," she laughed to Uncut magazine.
  • Life on Earth has a theme running through it of survival in an unstable world. Mojo magazine asked Segarra why she wanted a tree to have the last word on the record. "Because that's who I went to for healing and for wisdom," she replied. "People got very called to the natural world, got into gardening, Saw the world in a new light, and that was certainly my experience. I looked around and thought, 'Why do I feel so lonely and afraid when there's all this powerful plant life around me in New Orleans?' And it's survived so much - it's survived pummeling hurricanes, or it dies and it's reborn. It just keeps going. And I think that's a theme of the album - death. I think it's a part of life and I don't think it's the end."
  • Want to listen to more songs that include the sound of wind chimes in the mix? Check out:

    "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts" by Santana

    "YYZ" by Rush

    "Close To The Edge" by Yes

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