3E Songs: Songs About The Earth Ecology & The Environment

This is a challenging subject to tackle as far as music goes. You’ll find songs here with various messages but with similar themes that make a statement. Most evoke environmental awareness or aim to inspire action. You’ll also find those that chronicle environmental ravages and ruins. On the other hand a few in this list will simply celebrate the beauty, wonder and regenerative capacity of nature. This is definitely music that has a message or packs a punch to wake people up before it’s too late or claim it may already be too late.

So I present to you 50+ songs that may be considered environmental songs from the last few decades and a handful of more recent releases that make a statement about the plight of our precious planet (of which we only have one).

Now you can go ahead and create a CD mix or mp3 playlist to inspire, reflect and enjoy  during your next Earth Day celebration event or, for that matter, year round action. You just might wanna make sure your CD player is running on solar power or perhaps connected to a windmill for turbine power. 😛

Songs About The Earth, Ecology & The Environment

  1. American Child – John Denver
  2. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
  3. Black Moon – Emerson Lake & Palmer
  4. Calypso – John Denver
  5. Carbon Monoxide – Cake
  6. Countdown To Extinction – Megadeth
  7. Conviction of The Heart – Kenny Loggins
  8. Death of Mother Nature Suite – Kansas
  9. Don’t Go Near The Water – The Beach Boys
  10. Don’t Go Near The Water – Johnny Cash (entirely different song than above)
  11. Earth Anthem – The Turtles, Dan Fogelberg
  12. Earth Day Every Day (Celebrate) – John Denver
  13. Earth Song – Michael Jackson
  14. Ecology Song – Stephen Stills
  15. Garden of Eden – New Riders of The Purple Sage
  16. Godzilla – Blue Oyster Cult
  17. Gone – Jack Johnson
  18. Good Planets Are Hard To Find – Steve Forbert
  19. Goodbye To A River – Don Henley
  20. Hands All Over – Soundgarden
  21. Heal The World – Michael Jackson
  22. I Remember California – REM
  23. I’d Love To Change The World – Ten Years After
  24. If A Tree Falls – Bruce Cockburn
  25. In The Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
  26. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology Song) – Marvin Gaye
  27. Monkey Gone To Heaven – The Pixies
  28. Mother Earth (Natural Anthem) – Neil Young
  29. My City Was Gone – The Pretenders
  30. Nature’s Way – Spirit
  31. (Nothing But) Flowers – Talking Heads
  32. One Sweet World – Dave Matthews Band
  33. Only A Dream – Adrian Belew
  34. Paradise – John Prine
  35. Pass It On Down – Alabama
  36. Plan It Earth – Richard Sinclair
  37. Pollution – Tom Lehrer
  38. Rain On The Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp
  39. Shapes of Things – The Yardbirds
  40. Song For A Dying Planet – Joe Walsh
  41. Subdivisions – Rush
  42. Supernova – Liquid Blue
  43. The 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuses & Recycle) – Jack Johnson
  44. The Last Resort – The Eagles
  45. The Sun Is Burning – Simon & Garfunkel
  46. The Trees – Rush
  47. To The Last Whale: A Critical Mass/Wind On The Water – David Crosby & Graham Nash
  48. Traffic Jam – James Taylor
  49. We Bought It – Brother Tree
  50. Winds of Change – Jefferson Starship
  51. Windsong – John Denver
  52. Wond’ring Again – Jethro Tull
  53. Zone 804 – Peter Schilling

TV’s Greatest Variety Shows of All Time

There’s one long lost format of TV programming that I miss so much and that is the Variety Show. These type of shows were a television staple for years starting back in the late 1940’s and could be found pretty much on any given night of the week throughout the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. There were times when it absolutely dominated the airwaves. Nowadays, you can catch glimpses of some of these on so-called TV infomercials that advertise DVD collections of a handful of the more popular variety series from the past such as Carol Burnett, Ed Sullivan and Dean Martin.

This is still a work in progress — Stay Tuned!

Jackie Gleason Show (1950-1957) (1962-1970)

Red Skelton Show (1951-1971)

Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)

Ed Sullivan Show/Toast of The Town (1948-1971)
Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show (1962-1962)
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967-1969)
Rowan & Martin Laugh-In (1968-1973)
The Hollywood Palace (1964-1970)
Texaco Star Theater/The Milton Berle Show (1948-1956)
Hee-Haw (1969-1992)
The Flip Wilson Show (1970-1974)
Art Linkletter’s House Party (1952-1969)
Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1971-1974)
Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969-1972)
The Red Foxx Comedy Hour (1977-1978)
The Richard Prior Show (1977-1977)
Andy Williams Show (1959-1971, 1976)
The Bing Crosby Show
Milton Berle Show
Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour
Your Show of Shows
Perry Como Show
Colgate Comedy Hour
The Jack Benny Show
Arthur Godfrey Show
Dinah Shore Show
Dean Martin Show
Lawrence Welk Show
Burns & Allen
Johnny Cash Show
Donny & Marie Show

10 More Ideas or Thoughts To Ponder Over

When you find yourself with just a little too much time on your hands, here are a few more thoughts to ponder over. I’m sure you may be able to relate to….. or have thought about one or two of the following ideas. Try not to spend to much time on each one 😛

  • Why is it that success usually occurs in private, and failure takes place in full view?
  • The severity of the itch is directly proportional to YOUR inability to reach it.
  • The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.
  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
  • Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
  • Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?
  • Why does your nose run and your feet smell?
  • How can someone “draw a blank”?
  • How far east can you go before you’re heading west?
  • Why is it that everyone driving faster than you is considered an idiot and everyone driving slower than you is a moron?

Favorite TV Dads Over The Years – Who Are Yours?

They’ve been there for us when we’re bored…

They’ve made us laugh…

Sometimes, they’ve shown us their faults or weaknesses…

They’ve come to the rescue in times of need…

They’ve taught us lessons or values in life …

They’ve shown us nurturing and support…

We’ve spent some QUALITY time with their families…

We’ve even looked forward to our weekly visit with them…

I’m talking about our favorite dads from our favorite television shows over the years. Of course, this will vary with individuals  according to your age and what shows you grew up with as well as what you watch currently on TV. But the main focus will be on the TV dads from 50’s TV, 60’s TV, 70’s TV, 80’s TV, 90’s TV and just a little bit into the new millennium (2000’s TV).

With Father’s Day here this weekend, this kind of prompted me to take a look at TV dads over the years, so….. Let’s take a trip back through time and see how many of these TV series you watched faithfully each week anticipating a new adventure with each and every episode. Ironically you’ll find majority of these as “family shows” that the entire family could enjoy together regardless of age. Also a large  majority of these were “sitcoms’ (situation comedies). It’s amazing just how much TV has evolved and changed by today’s standards. I truly miss many of these shows from a bye-gone era. Today is predominately riddled with “reality TV’ with sexual appeal or situations being the dominate factor.

Anyways… I encourage you to please offer your input as to who YOU would rank as YOUR Favorite 3 or Top 5 TV dads of All-Time — Leave your comments below — I’d really like to know  your thoughts 😛

Enjoy the Journey Back Through Time!

1950’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1950-1959

Ozzie Nelson as himself from "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952-1966)

Danny Thomas as Danny Williams from "Make Room For Daddy" (1953-1964)

Robert Young as Jim Anderson from "Father Knows Best" (1954-1960)

Gene Evans as Rob McLaughlin from "My Friend Flicka" (1956-1957)

John Forsythe as Bentley Gregg from Bachelor Father (1957-1962)

Walter Brennan as Amos McCoy from "The Real McCoys" (1957-1963)

Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver from "Leave It To Beaver" (1957-1963)

Hugh Reilly as Paul Martin from "Lassie" (1958-1964) Although this series aired from 1954-1973 with several cast changes, my favorite years were the "Timmy & Lassie" years that features the Martin Family as Hugh Reilly, June Lockhart & Jon Provost

Carl Betz as Alex Stone from "The Donna Reed Show" (1958-1966)

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain from "The Rifleman" (1958-1963)

Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright from "Bonanza" (1959-1973)

Herbert Anderson as Henry Mitchell from "Dennis The Menace" (1959-1963)

1960’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1960-1969


Fred MacMurray as Steve Douglas from "My Three Sons" (1960-1972)

Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor from "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968)

Fred Flintstone as himself in "The Flintstones" (1960-1966)

Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie from" The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-1966)

Don DeFore as George Baxter from "Hazel" (1961-1966)

George Jetson as himself in "The Jetsons" (1962-1963)

William Schallert as Martin Lane from "The Patty Duke Show" (1963-1966)

Brian Kelly as Porter Ricks from "Flipper" (1964-1967)

John Astin as Gomez Addams from "The Addams Family" (1964-1966)

Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster from "The Munsters" (1964-1966)

Guy Williams as Dr. John Robinson from "Lost In Space" (1965-1968)

Mark Miller as Jim Nash from "Please Don't Eat The Daisies" (1965-1967)

Brian Keith as Bill Davis (Uncle Bill) in "Family Affair" (1966-1971)

Dennis Weaver as Tom Wedloe from "Gentle Ben" (1967-1969)

Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett from "The Courtship of Eddie’s Father" (1969-1972)

Robert Reed as Mike Brady from "The Brady Bunch" (1969-1974)

1970’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1970-1979

Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker from "All In The Family" (1971-1979)

Henry Fonda as Chad Smith from "The Smith Family" (1971-1972)

Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford from "Sanford & Son" (1972-1977)

Ralph Waite as John Walton Sr. from "The Waltons" (1972-1981)

Ronny Cox as George Apple from "Apple's Way" (1974-1975)

Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham (Mr. 'C') from "Happy Days" (1974-1984)

Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls from "Little House On The Prairie" (1974-1982)

John Amos as James Evans Sr. from "Good Times" (1974-1979)

Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson from "The Jeffersons" (1975-1985)

James Broderick as Doug Lawrence from "Family" (1976-1980)

Dick Van Patten as Tom Bradford from "Eight Is Enough" (1977-1981)

Conrad Bain as Philip Drummond from "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1985)

1980’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1980-1989

Michael Gross as Steven Keaton from "Family Ties" (1982-1989)

Michael Gross as Steven Keaton from "Family Ties" (1982-1989)

Joel Higgins as Edward Stratton III from "Silver Spoons" (1982-1987)

George Gaynes as Henry Warnimont from "Punky Brewster" (1984-1986)

Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable from" The Cosby Show" (1984-1992)

Tony Danza as Tony Micelli from "Who’s The Boss" (1984-1992)

Alan Thicke as Jason Seaver from "Growing Pains" (1985-1992)

Bob Saget as Danny Tanner and John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis from "Full House" (1987-1995)

Paul Reiser as Michael Taylor & Greg Evigan as Joey Harris from "My Two Dads" (1987-1990)

Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy from "Married With Children" (1987-1997)

John Goodman as Dan Conner from "Rosanne" (1988-1997)

Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Winslow from "Family Matters" (1989-1998)

Homer Simpson as himself in "The Simpsons" (1989-present)

1990’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1990-1999

James Avery as Phillip Banks from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (1990-1996)

Tim Allen as Tim Taylor from "Home Improvement" (1991-1999)

William Russ as Alan Matthews from "Boy Meets World" (1993-2000)

Jeff Foxworthy as himself from "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (1995-1997)

John Lithgow as Dick Solomon from "3rd Rock From The Sun" (1996-2001)

Stephen Collins as Eric Camden from "7th Heaven" (1996-2007)

Peter Boyle as Frank Barone & Ray Ramano as Ray Barone from "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996-2005)

Hank Hill as himself in "King of The Hill" (1997-2009)

Kurtwood Smith as Red Foreman from "That 70’s Show" (1998-2006)

Peter Griffin as himself in "Family Guy" (1999-present)

2000’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 2000-2010

Bryan Cranston as Hal from "Malcolm In The Middle" (2000-2006)

Damon Wayans as Michael Kyle from "My Wife & Kids"" (2001-2005)

George Lopez as himself from "George Lopez" (2002-2007)

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper & Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper from "Two & A Half Men" (2003-present)

Neil Flynn as Mike Heck from "The Middle" (2009-present)

Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett from "Modern Family" (2009-present)

Now it’s Your Turn…..

Who are/were your favorite TV Dads?

I encourage you to please offer your input as to who YOU would rank as YOUR Favorite 3 or Top 5 TV dads of All-Time — Leave your comments below — I’d really like to know  your thoughts 😛

Father’s Day Songs – A Tribute To Dad

This is a personal re-post of the Fathers’ Day post I did a year ago with several changes, improvements and additions — originally posted 4/June/2009


Father’s Day, which is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, is a special day set aside to honor our dad, father, pops, papa (or what ever endearing term you may use for that special nurturing male role model in your life) but should also include any other father figures who may have been part of your life over the years — especially grampa if you’re fortunate enough to still have around. Most of us have our own fond memories and special times spent with our dads. For those fortunate enough to still have dad around,  let him know just how much you love and respect him while you still can. And for those of us who have lost our dads, we still hold a special place in our heart and soul for him and the good times as well as the fond memories linger on and tend to become even stronger on Father’s Day.

I lost my own dad 15 years ago (at the age of 81) and miss his wisdom and advice greatly but somehow I know he will hear these heartfelt songs in Heaven and will no doubt be listening to some of his own favorites from Father’s Day long ago….. probably a few  from the Big Band era as well as  his love for pioneering country music with a great big beaming grin on his face and pride in his heart.

“Happy Father’s Day, Dad ….. I Love Ya”

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, dads, stepfathers, grandfathers, Godfathers in the spiritual sense, and big brothers who are like fathers. The songs listed below cover a wide span of years as well as genre range. There should be something here that appeals to just about everybody.  So why not put together a CD mix of songs that express your own personal feelings about  your father/child relationship and/or experiences. This should enable you to put together a nice compilation of songs  to give to dad on a customized CD or mp3 — Enjoy 🙂

►►► Make sure to check out more songs for or about dad for all occasions by clicking this link > Songs For Dad

* This following list as well as the above post has been recently updated (June/2010)

Father’s Day Songs For Dad

  1. A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash
  2. A Father’s Love (The Only Way He Knew How) – Bucky Covington
  3. A Good Man – Emerson Drive
  4. A Song For Dad – Keith Urban
  5. Beautiful Boy – John Lennon
  6. Best Friend – Nilsson (Theme from the TV Show “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father)
  7. Blind Man In The Bleachers – Kenny Starr
  8. Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  9. Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin
  10. Coal Miners Daughter – Loretta Lynn
  11. Colour Him Father – The Winstons
  12. Daddy – Beyonce
  13. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) – Merle Haggard
  14. Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind – Confederate Railroad
  15. Daddy Sang Bass – Johnny Cash
  16. Daddy What If – Bobby Bare
  17. Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn
  18. Daddy’s Home – Shep & The Limelites
  19. Daddy’s Home – Jermaine Jackson
  20. Daddy’s Home – Cliff Richard
  21. Daddy’s Little Girl – Karla Bonoff
  22. Daddy’s Song – The Monkees
  23. Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
  24. Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson
  25. Father & Daughter – Paul Simon
  26. Father & Son – Cat Stevens
  27. Father of Mine – Everclear
  28. Father To Son – Queen
  29. Father To Son – Phil Collins
  30. Father’s Song – 3 Doors Down
  31. Forty Again – John Berry
  32. Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days) – The Judds
  33. Grown Men Don’t Cry – Tim McGraw
  34. He Didn’t Have To Be – Brad Paisley
  35. He Walked On Water – Randy Travis
  36. Hero – Mariah Carey
  37. High Cotton – Alabama
  38. Holes In The Floor of Heaven – Steve Wariner
  39. I Don’t Call Him Daddy – Doug Supernaw
  40. I Don’t Call Him Daddy – Kenny Rogers
  41. I Got A Name – Jim Croce
  42. I Miss You A Little – John Michael Montgomery
  43. I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
  44. It’s For My Dad – Nancy Sinatra
  45. Just The Two of Us – Will Smith
  46. Keep It Between The Lines – Ricky Van Shelton
  47. Last Game Of The Season (Blind Man In The Bleachers) – David Geddes
  48. Leader Of The Band – Dan Fogelberg
  49. Let Me Be The Man My Daddy Was – The Chi-lites
  50. Love Without End, Amen – George Strait
  51. Mom & Dad’s Waltz – Lefty Frizell
  52. My Dad – Paul Peterson
  53. My Father (Always Promised Me) – Judy Collins
  54. My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton
  55. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy – Hank Williams
  56. Old Man – Neil Young
  57. On My Father’s Wings – The Corrs
  58. One For Daddy-O – Cannonball Adderly
  59. Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line – Waylon Jennings
  60. Papa – Paul Anka
  61. Papa Can You Hear Me – Barbra Streisand
  62. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
  63. Patches – Clarence Carter
  64. Ready Set, Don’t Go – Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus
  65. Roots of My Raising – Merle Haggard
  66. Seein’ My Father In Me – Paul Overstreet
  67. So Much Like My Dad – George Strait
  68. Something Stupid – Frank & Nancy Sinatra
  69. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own – U2
  70. Song For My Father – Horace Silver
  71. Talkin’ To The Wrong Man – Michael Martin Murphy
  72. Teach Your Children – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  73. Thank You For Being My Dad – Jon Barker
  74. That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine – Gene Autrey
  75. That’s My Job – Conway Twitty
  76. The Best Day – George Strait
  77. The Best Day – Taylor Swift
  78. The Car – Jeff Carson
  79. The Dirt Road – Sawyer Brown
  80. The Games That Daddy’s Play – Conway Twitty
  81. The Greatest Man I Never Knew – Reba McEntire
  82. The Living Years – Mike & The Mechanics
  83. They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore – Loretta Lynn
  84. Things I Wish I’d Said – Rodney Crowell
  85. Things My Father Said – Black Stone Cherry
  86. Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
  87. Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce
  88. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
  89. Walkin’ In My Father’s Shoes – Craig Morgan
  90. Watching You – Rodney Atkins
  91. With Arms Wide Open – Creed
  92. You’ve Got To Stand For Something (Or You’ll Fall For Anything) – Aaron Tippin

* Make sure to check out more songs about dad by clicking this link > Songs For Dad


Speaking of DADS, here’s another post about Fathers you may want to check out from this site:

Favorite TV Dads Over The Years – Who Are Yours?


Father’s Day Facts

caveman-fathers-dayThe idea of Father’s Day was conceived in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Dodd while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

Dodd (now known as “the mother of Father’s Day”) wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.

The following year, June 19, 1910 was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of William Smart’s birth.

Decades later, the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.


Father’s Day By The Numbers

This is a big day for the 66.3 million fathers in America.

happyfathersday1Nearly 95 million Father’s Day cards were given last year in the United States, making Father’s Day the fourth-largest card-sending occasion.

Sons and daughters send 50 percent of the Father’s Day card to their dads. Nearly 20 percent of Father’s Day cards are purchased by wives for their husbands. That leaves 30 percent of the cards which go to grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles and “someone special.”

While not everyone in America is a fan of Father’s Day, 72 percent of Americans plan to celebrate or acknowledge Father’s Day.


Gifts For Dad On Father’s Day

fathers_day_tieNeckties are an old standby and lead the list of Father’s Day gifts. A good place to buy dad a tie or a shirt might be one of 9,189 men’s clothing stores around the country.

Other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts include those items you may find in dad’s toolbox such as hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers. You could buy some of these items for dad at one of the nation’s 14,864 hardware stores or 5,795 home centers.

Other traditional gifts for dad such as fishing rods and golf clubs make for a happy Father’s Day for the 22,410 sporting goods stores in America.

More than 68 million Americans participated at a barbeque in the last year — it’s probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father’s Day.


Mr. Mom

lonestar-mr-momMr. Mom is becoming a more common sight at parks across America with 147,000 estimated “stay-at-home” dads. These married fathers with children under 15 years old have remained out of the labor force for more than one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home. These fathers cared for 268,000 children under 15.

The dads seem to stay home more with younger children. Preschoolers claim 20 percent of fathers with employed wives who were the primary caregiver for their preschooler. In contrast, only 6 percent of fathers provided the most hours of care for their grade-school-aged child.

Many families split the responsibility of child care. Many Dad’s (32%) with full time jobs regularly worked evening or night shifts and were the primary source of care for their preschoolers during their children’s mother’s working hours.

Article Source: US Census Bureau