Is Singing The Best Way To Change Attitudes To Energy?

OK, you’ve probably heard the Bob Dylan song ‘Blowing In The Wind’, which by the very nature of the title, makes him one of the wind industry’s favourite musicians. That said, we’re guessing that you probably don’t remember Bob Dylan famously ‘going electric’ back in 1965.

Naturally, the ever youthful team at Wind TV have no recollection of the Sixties* either, but we’re advised Dylan changing from being a solo folk singer with an acoustic guitar and harmonica to using a stratocaster electric guitar and having an electric backing band was a ‘really big thing’ in the history of music. So big, that many of his fans booed or even shouted ‘Judas’ at their former idol.

Ok, there you have it, half a century ago, going electric was controversial.

And now, here in 2017, in a room in deepest Wales where Queen produced Bohemian Rhapsody, Coldplay wrote Yellow and Oasis recorded Wonderwall, the exact opposite thing has just occurred…

Electric has just gone all acoustic
(sort of!)

This isn’t some bizarre musical anti-Dylan moment, it’s not a band of Millennials turning their backs on musical progress, nor is it that the recording studios forgot to pay their own energy bills. It’s actually all to do with the United Kingdom attempting to bring awareness to ‘smart meters’ – those super in-home gadgets that let you know where you’re using, or more likely wasting, energy in your property down to the last penny, cent, Euro, Dollar, Pound, rupee, fen, yen, peso, or whatever currency you hold dear.

The national rollout of smart meters is seen as such a vital part of the modernisation of the UK’s energy system that they are being fitted completely free between now and 2020 in every home and small business in the land. And in the UK that’s no small thing, as there are at least 26.5 million homes alone.

And how are the energy companies working together to let the world know about Smart Meters? Well, one of their methods is to sign up a big league Choir Master, Tim Rhys Evans, and create a brand new choir made up of staff whose daytime job is to be responsible for helping make the change as smooth as possible. The new choir is called Energise: The Smart Meter Choir.

The world has come full circle and flipped over again. Electricity now wants to be acoustic, and so acoustic, it is actually a choir.

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

And so, having been chosen from around the UK, members of the choir recorded their session in the famous Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales, where Freddie Mercury sang to the microphone: “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, No escape from reality”.

Whatever Freddie thought then, today we know a genuine single entitled ‘Changes’ has been recorded and will, the choir surely hope, be vying for a top spot in the global music charts.

The song, you’ll be pleased to know is now available here for your pleasure:

The song is part of a series of cultural events that will be used to help bring awareness of Smart Meters.

Is it a good idea? Is it just fantasy? Incredibly, this journalist, hand on heart, loves Smart Meters but will need some time to actually get his head around the concept of an electric choir generating an important message, but will try to get in the spirit of the thing.

Tragically, this journalist also likes the song, and can’t get the bloody thing out of his head. My only criticism, the title ‘Changes’ – very obvious and somewhat inappropriate just one year after the death of David Bowie

* we have no recollection based on two reasons: we either weren’t born in 1965 or we took too big a part in the whole Sixties scene and have no memory of that whole decade.

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