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Sleighride On Melting Ice
(The Thunberg Suite)


Soundtrack for an imaginary movie, dedicated to Greta Thunberg, and to the publication of Limits to the Growth in 1972. That's more than 50 years ago, but the report seems more actual than ever. I wrote, played, recorded and produced the music as a solo project during the COVID-lockdowns in 2021 and 2022.


The songs are based on (or inspired by) the same chord sequence. Every song in the soundtrack refects a different mood or emotion when we follow Beautiful Earth during her dazzling trip. It might also reflect life itself, or the phases most people went through during the pandemic.


On a clear winter afternoon, Beautiful Earth takes off for a Sleighride with her beloved dogs. The horizon lights up in an enchanting red glow. There is pleasant, almost solemn music in Earth's ears. 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, Earth knows she must get back across the melting ice as fast as possible to save herself and her dogs. The songs tell the story of Earth's slippery and chaotic ride through time and emotions. They are a heartfelt call to heed Greta Thunberg's words, "Don't listen to me. Listen to science. We must act now."


All songs written, played, recorded and produced by Olav Ulrich. All rights reserved. (c) 2021 BUMA/Stemra, Netherlands. Sleeve design and artwork by Olav Ulrich.

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