Pando Populus, Popular Music, and Healthy Romanticism.
Imagining a just and sustainable world of good vibrations.
Our aim is to create an ecological civilization.
Pando Populus is a platform for people who care about big ideas and the Earth. Our aim is to create an ecological civilization. We’ve taken our name from the largest and oldest organism on the planet — a giant quaking aspen tree, spread over more than a hundred acres, thousands of years old, connected by a single root system.Various movements and organizations focus on one aspect or another of ecological concern. We endorse and celebrate their work.
Why popular music is important
For many people throughout the world, popular music is a primary means of identify-formation. Indeed, in many parts of the world it is much more effective than institutional religion and political propaganda. It provides people with worldviews, stories, emotional satisfaction, and touches of transcendence. It helps them name their experiences and understand the experiences of others. Of course popular music can be soporific and anesthetizing, even as it can also be profound and life-enriching. But much depends on the agency of the listener: on what he or she does with the music she enjoys. Fortunately, by means of such agency, and in combination with many other factors, including ideas and friendships, popular music can help people become the kinds people who contribute to a more just and sustainable world with, as it were, good vibrations. Here "vibrations" is a synonym for modes of interaction between people that are receptive to emotional as well as intellectual connections. The music need not be message music. It can simply be enjoyable, and in its enjoyable quality it can elicit sensibilities of listening, wondering, caring, grieving, merrymaking, imagining and honesty to the totality of life which are essential to ecological civilization. Without a bit of merrymaking, without honesty to life and a richness of imagination, there can be no ecological civilization.
What is Romanticism?
A Collage of Songs