Many years ago I wrote a song about the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant, called “The Sellafield Bakery”. It was recorded and released as part of Life and Death. You can stream it in the sidebar. Today it’s been announced that the MOX plant is closing in the wake of the Fukushima disaster/crisis in Japan. Though the song pre-dates this particular plant on the Sellafield site, you can read my original post about how I came to write it which is, really, the most relevant thing about the song. If you’re curious about the whole Sellafield-thing, browse the entry in Wikipedia. The section on environment and health issues is particularly relevant to the song as it contains details on the incidents that have sparked protests—and also problem areas (eg: “Dirty Thirty”) which will need clean-up and can continue to impact the environment in the future. Wikipedia also has a section on other artists that have written music about Sellafield or been involved in protests (which I haven’t). I’ve never been involved in the movement to close the plant: the song was inspired by people who were involved, which now that I think about it is sort of odd inspiration. I still really like the song, but it’s only ever been played “live” for friends because most people in America have never heard of this particular environmental issue on the other side of the pond. I can’t even claim that I’m particularly knowledgeable about it, but it makes a good song. As someone who writes fiction as well as songs, there is always the attraction of a good narrative device, a good story. Though, of course, in this case the whole point is that there is nothing good about it and the lovely lullaby-like nature of the music contrasts with darkness found in the lyrics.

Poster: Gymshoes. Category: Uncategorized.
3 August

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