Serene Sunday – Rejoice in the Sun

The film Silent Running, produced in 1972, impressed me as a child.  The movie depicted a future in which all planet life had become extinct. The remaining was saved and maintained in greenhouse-like geodesic domes orbiting in space for eventual reforestation of Earth.  It followed the actions of a scientist, who fought to maintain the forestry against callous corporate interests, accompanied by his robots Huey, Dewey, and Louie.  Joan Baez sings Rejoice in the Sun, a lovely, simple, but haunting melody of what it might happen on Earth if we don’t pay attention.  This movie is a stirring cautionary tale I highly recommend.



Fields of children running wild in the sun
Like a forest is your child growing wild in the sun
Doomed in his innocence in the sun

Gather your children to your side in the sun
Tell them all they love will die,
Tell them why in the sun

Tell them it’s not too late
Cultivate one by one
Tell them to harvest and rejoice in the sun


6 thoughts on “Serene Sunday – Rejoice in the Sun

  1. I guess this could be seen as boasting but your post, Judi,  has nudged me to let you know that Carbon Tax legislation (which means a price on carbon emissions) has recently passed through Australia’s Senate. So, if the government is not kicked out at the next election (and that is likely as the new laws receive a lot of  “Why should we do this if the rest of the world isn’t?” kind of backlash) then we can say, maybe,  that we have done something towards looking after the planet. Lots of debate about whether this is the right thing but I guess it is something.

    If RA admirers can be Fanatiques Sans Frontiers, maybe help for the environment can be a worldwide phenomenon too?

  2. Silent Spring (Rachel Carson) also had a strong belated effect.

    beengizzied, we have pretty much a hybrid provincial approach here. Green Party isn’t yet having a strong effect….tant pis.

  3. One of the best films ever – sci-fi or otherwise. Enormously influenced me as a kid, and today it stands up so, so well. Everything about it is perfect. And I cry every time.

  4. Thanks for sharing. I love animal and plant life and find it refreshing and energizing, don’t get people who don’t care. Here’s to hoping Australia is starting a trend everyone else wants to follow!

  5. Hi Judiang,
    I remember Silent Running.  It was one of the first conservation message movies I saw.  My dad was the original reduce, reuse, recycle guy–before that phrase came into being.  And his avocation was gardening.  So, we learned good habits early on.
    Thanks for sharing!  Cheers!   Grati  ;->

    P.S.  I tried to also post for your Saturday essay/song.  But the technology wouldn’t let me.  So, here’s my comment for that, too:

    Hi Judiang,
    I am a Mary Poppins fan, but that song was like I was listening to the song backwards.  Ha!  So freaky!  And the high pitched girl’s voice was like fingernails on a chalk board.  Oh dear.  Ha!   But, I’m intrigued.  And I’ll have to check out more of this type of song manipulation.
    Thanks for sharing!  Cheers!  Grati  ;->


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