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Sleighride On Melting Ice (The Thunberg Suite) is the soundtrack for an imaginary movie dedicated to Greta Thunberg, the young and courageous Swedish girl who challenges world leaders to take immediate action to avoid a devastating collision with the boundaries and limitations of the natural world. She is the kid who dares saying that the emperor is naked. The music is the soundtrack to her mission, and a heartfelt call to heed her words: "Don't listen to me. Listen to the science. We must act now."


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On a clear winter afternoon, Beautiful Earth takes off for a sleigh ride with her beloved dogs. The horizon lights up in an enchanting red glow. Suddenly the dogs panic and jump into a wild gallop. Earth is in shock and loses control. The red glow seems to indicate sudden danger. As temperatures are rising, Beautiful Earth knows she must get back across the melting ice as fast as possible to save herself and her dogs.


The Songs

The overture of Earth's slippery ride is Sleighride, a peaceful and almost solemn song. Suddenly the dogs leap into a wild gallop, leaving Beautiful Earth in shock. From there, the ride is an unpredictable trip. Coal, Diesel, Gasoline, Hydrogen and Ethanol each evoke a different mood and mental state. It all seems to fall apart in the hot and chaotic Forest Fire, before Greta Thunberg and The Scientists finally speak to us in Melting Ice, the apotheosis of the soundtrack. A New Beginning is a restart and a hopeful trip into a better future.


D.I.Y. & Share

The songs are instrumental. Feel inspired to put your own lyrics to the music. Record the result and publish it on the Internet and share with your friends. If you do, please use hashtag #SleighRideOnMeltingIce so we can all enjoy the result, and your voice will be heard.

Be aware and do the right thing. Enjoy the music. Play it now!

Olav Ulrich, April 2022

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