31 October 1999
"When the astronauts walked on the moon it is said that the only thing they could make out when looking back on earth were the burning rainforests and the Great Wall of China. Actually I didn't want to write a song about being on the moon, I just took this as a picture and placed it in the song."
-- from an intro to the song at a gig in Worpswede, Germany, 31 October 1999. Submitted by Simon Gorler.
Joseph Roberts: It's bigger than both of us, bigger than the music or publishing
industry. I was in love when your album High Winds White Sky came out. I was released from the limited vision of what I had up to that time believed love to be. It was much, much more than I ever imagined. There seems to be a depth of intimacy and connection way back in
Sunwheel Dance and now a track The Embers of Eden CD, although it's packaged completely differently.
BC: They are related to love. When I was writing the early songs I was a lot
less aware than I am now of where things were coming from. I just wrote
things when the words sounded right. There were feelings that went into it that were sort of recognized but part of developing the craft of writing and part of growing as a human, has meant a greater precision about what I'm feeling and thinking and how I'm
expressing it. It's a real different process now.
Embers of Eden is a lot more grounded in history than High Winds White
Sky was. The chorus part of Embers came from what can be seen from orbit, on
the surface of the earth. One of the early astronauts said that the only
things of human origin that you could make out from orbit were the Great
Wall of China and the smoke from burning rainforests. That was such a
powerful image it stayed with me and eventually came out in a personal use
that had nothing to do with rainforests or the Great Wall of China. It was a
figurative use of that image.
-- from "Conversations with Bruce Cockburn", Common Ground, January, 2000, interviewed by Joseph Roberts. Submitted by Audrey Parsons.
14 May 2000
[about] "the nonevolvement of a relationship."
-- from "Bruce Cockburn: Canadian will bring his band to Whitaker Center," by Kira L Schlechter, The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, PA, May 14, 2000. Submitted by John Peregrim.
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