Ancient Songs (feat Shannon Sol Carroll) *

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In recent years, ship strikes have emerged as a primary threat to recovering whale populations. Nowhere is this conflict more apparent than in the Santa Barbara Channel.

The Santa Barbara Channel provides habitat for a variety of species including fin, gray, humpback whales, but is especially renowned for harboring the densest seasonal population of blue whales anywhere on the planet. It also has some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world; with upwards of 6,000-7,000 cargo ships transiting the channel in any given year.

In 2007 the urgent need to address the ship strike issues was tragically illustrated, when at least four blue whales were struck and killed within the Channel in a three-week period (a fifth whale was the baby from pregnant whale). In the wake of these deaths the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) has been pursing immediate proactive measures that include changes to the shipping lane configuration and mandatory speed limits.

This October will be a big month for EDC as we expect to find out if these two strategies we have been advocating for - lane configuration changes and reduced ship speeds - will be considered by management agencies. In October we anticipate the release of a U.S. Coast Guard study that may consider changes to the shipping lanes and we will find out if the four California National Marine Sanctuaries will consider a 10-knot speed limit within Sanctuary boundaries for large cargo/container ships.

While this problem might seem bigger than something the average person can tackle there are things that we can individually do to help reduce the threat to whales. These include:
· buying less

· buying local, and

· buying for the long term.
These actions cut down on the number of cargo ships carrying goods across our oceans and reduce the chance of collisions between whales and ships. Get out and see the whales and support local conservation organization like EDC as they continue to work on solving these problems.

In closing, it is important for us to remember that as surfers the ocean is our playground- but for whales, dolphins and other marine life; it is there home. We have an opportunity to change our actions that negatively affect their home in the hope of creating a healthier place for them to live and for us to play.

lyrics

V
I'm just looking for a Sanctuary
Where ever I may roam
We're cruising the channel of Santa Barbara
Just like we've always done

Gliding past the oil rigs
That drink beneath the sea
humming hulls of tanker ships
That pay no heed to me

CHORUS
Times they change
Life goes on
Modern voyage
Ancient songs

Sounds that echo through generations
Now hearts are here for me
Sounds of my ancestors
True giants of the sea

I lost my mother in these waters
A ship did run her down
She sank into the darkness
Her child I was to her drowned

CHORUS
Times they change
Life goes on
Modern voyage
Ancient songs

Times they change
Life goes on
Modern voyage
Ancient songs oh

Ancient songs
my mumma
Ancient songs

credits

from THE TRANSPARENTSEA VOYAGE - MOVIE SOUNDTRACK, released August 4, 2014
Written by Shannon Sol Carroll & Owen J Newcomb
* Recorded & Mixed by Anthony Lycenko at Rockinghorse Studios, Byron Bay. www.anthonylycenko.com.au
~ Recorded & Mixed by Oj Newcomb on the Voyage with Zoom H4n Stereo recorder. www.lowpressureproductions.com
Mastered by Paul Blakey at 12th and Vine Post. www.12thandvinepost.com
Executive Producer: Oj Newcomb (Low Pressure Productions)
Produced by Oj Newcomb & Shannon Sol Carroll (Low Pressure Productions & Band of Frequencies) www.bandoffrequencies.com

MUSICIANS:
Shannon Sol Carroll - Vox & Guitar
Oj Newcomb - Bass
Al Hicks - Drums
Rusty Miller - Harp

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