Charles van Rees on invasive species (ft. Musical guests Creature Comfort)

Charles van Rees is a conservation biologist and naturalist specializing in freshwater ecology, ornithology, and human-wildlife water conflict. Freshwater ecosystems are a primary focus of his work because of their extremely high levels of threat, important ecosystem services, and multifarious interactions with water resources management for societies. He also co-hosts the Nature Guys podcast - https://natureguys.org/ https://cbvanrees.wordpress.com 

Musical guests: Creature Comfort 

Creature Comfort are a Nashville-based rock band. Frontman Jessey Clark’s anthemic, heart-on-your sleeve lyrics and end-of-the-day vocals together with new lead guitarist Charlie Hickerson—backed by a rawer sound that draws on the band’s Tullahoma, Tennessee roots. Add in multi-instrumentalist Alex Robinson’s lush backing vocals, Cole Bearden’s ever-mobile bass, and Taylor Cole’s spry drumming, and you’ve got a sound that has affectionately been dubbed “bootgaze.” Think of it as Fleet Foxes for people who grew up bailing hay, or your favorite indie record—if that record were scattered, smothered, and covered, of course. https://www.creaturecomfortband.com/ 

Pre-save the song/listen: https://ffm.to/CC-Kudzu

 

Lyrics to the song that was inspired by the interview:

 

KUDZU FROM HEAVEN

The sickness came in and killed off the pine 
I got my lumber at the Walmart for $2.99 
The river dried up and push turned to shove 
Now we’re choking on the kudzu from heaven above 

What can one man do 
To stop the invasion from spreading around you 
What can one man say 
To stop the darkness from winning the day 
What can one man do 
To stop the invasion from spreading around you 
What can one man say 
To keep our good nature from fading away 

I don’t wanna talk to strangers, I want to be with my friends 
You tell me it’s the beginning when it feels like the end 
I fell asleep in Tullahoma and when I opened up my eyes 
It was a town like any other that I didn’t recognize 

What can one man do 
To stop the invasion from spreading around you 
What can one man say 
To stop the darkness from winning the day 
What can one man do 
To stop the invasion from spreading around you 
What can one man say 
To keep our good nature from fading away 

I can fight 
I can walk 
I can talk 
And I can listen 

I can teach 
I can learn 
I can laugh 
I can cry 

What can one man do? 
What can one man do? 
What can one man do? 
What can one man do? 

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