Eco-Tones

Eco-Tones

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The Eco-Tones are a versatile and talented musical duo whose multimedia performances weave together practical ideas for satisfying and sustainable living with soulful music that entertains, educates, empowers, and inspires.

Biography

CONCERTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

Have you got a mission to inform your audience about sustainability and make the world a better place?

Do you recognize the inherent power of music to engage and entertain?

Wish the speaker and the artist shared the stage so that people would actually emerge feeling educated, empowered and inspired?

THEN MEET THE ECO-TONES

Eco-Tones combine environmental education and musical entertainment ("edutainment") in a fun, non-judgmental setting where audiences learn the simple steps they can take to live a high quality life that is respectful of each other and the environment. They illuminate the how and why of sustainability with regard to energy use, transportation, food choices, consumption and getting the word out.

Jimmy Sferes and Jennifer White, are a husband and wife team, who have chosen to combine their shared passions for music and the environment into a fun and interactive program that helps people discover what they can do to live a happy and sustainable life. They have played professionally together over the last six years in a wide variety of settings as the acoustic duo Sferes & White, and have been featured on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion as well as the Hallmark Channel's New Morning TV Show. In 2005 they released their debut CD "The View from Here" and in 2008 they released their next CD "Where Do We Go from Here." Jimmy and Jennifer live a simple but deeply satisfying lifestyle where they make every effort to "walk their talk." Their home, studio and vehicle emissions are all offset with Renewable Energy Credits provided by wind and their "tour bus" is a biodiesel vehicle. Jimmy and Jennifer have both been teachers for over a decade, and take great joy in the opportunity to use their talents to help make the world a better place for everyone.

Jimmy has been a lifelong activist and vegetarian for over 30 years and as a musician has had the opportunity to share the stage with David Wilcox, Delbert McClinton, America and many others. Jennifer is the Executive Director of a national nonprofit called the Simplicity Forum (www.simplicityforum.org) and the Co-Founder and Director of Education for the Green Heart Institute (www.GreenHeartInstitute.org.) Their shows are versatile and range from a short forty-five minute presentation or keynote, to longer two-hour concerts, to day-long in-depth workshops covering a variety of sustainable living topics.

For more complete bios go to their website at:
www.eco-tones.com

To purchase either of their CDs go to:
http://cdbaby.com/found?allsearch=sferes+and+white&submit=search

To watch the Eco-Tones Promo Video on YouTube go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wafLkhoRtMM

Lyrics

Equal Shares

Written By: Jimmy Sferes & Jennifer White

Some things are for everybody in equal shares
Like good clear water and fresh clean air
Some food upon your table and a place to lay your head
Gotta open up your mind now and listen what I’ve said

CHORUS
Some things are for everybody in equal shares
Gotta wake up on the morning and show the world you care

Some things are for everybody in equal shares
Chance at justice and being treated fair
Some time with your family and your share of daily bread
Give some kindness to your neighbor now and listen what I’ve said

CHORUS

We all deserve our measure
This is what I’ve found
Cause in a world that’s getting smaller
We need enough to go around

CHORUS (Repeat)

Equal shares
Show the world you care
And just take your share

Where Do We Go from Here

Written By: Jimmy Sferes & Jennifer White

What a crazy world we’ve made
We could be made in the shade
Mama’s sending their babies off to war, breaking hearts
Tell me where we go from here

We sit and argue and keep score
We could be doing so much more
Human torture by any other name is still cruel, it’s just cruel
Tell me where we go from here

CHORUS
Tell me where do we go from here
Tell me where do we go from here
The answer’s simple and it’s clear
Tell me where do we go from here

There can be change on the horizon
When we do all that we can
To stay sane in a world gone mad
And bring to life the dreams we had

It’s getting warmer every day
We could be acting as we say
Doing what we can to keep our dreams alive, and survive
Tell me where we go from here

CHORUS
Tell me where do we go from here
Tell me where do we go from here
The choice is simple and it’s clear
Tell me where do we go from here

Tell me where do we go from here
Tell me where do we go from here

Sleepy Town

Written By: Jimmy Sferes & Jennifer White

CHORUS:
Dreams don’t sleep in a sleepy town
They just bury them deep and hold them down
Bury them deep and hold them down

Sorting washers and bolts at the hardware store
He’ll say it’s enough but deep inside he knows there’s more
There’s a locked room in his quiet house
With a covered canvas where he lets his pain come out
Fields of petals, ocean deep
Stars that burn, hearts that weep
It takes all their strength to keep them down
To quiet their dreams, in a sleepy town

CHORUS

For twenty years she’s there each time you call
She smiles at her desk but then her eyes reveal it all
Deep in the night the music comes for her
Full of aching questions, but the dancing makes her sure
Turning faster, flying high
Kiss the moon, touch the sky
It takes all their strength to keep them down
To quiet their dreams, in a sleepy town

Unlived dreams make us weep
Pull them softly from their sleep
Find your place in the sun
The call of days has just begun

CHORUS

He teaches English down at the middle school
They laugh and they tease him, they think he’s just a fool
Shelves piled high with finished manuscripts
Cause the words transport him to a place beyond his lips
Distant worlds, far away
Tender love, fills the day
It takes all their strength to keep them down
To quiet their dreams, in a sleepy town

CHORUS
Bury them deep and hold them down

Discography

Sferes and White: Where Do We Go from Here (2008)

Sferes and White: The View from Here (2005)

Set List

Popular contemporary and original songs with fun and/or thought provoking messages, interspersed with practical and inspiring information for satisfying and sustainable living.

Sample Set List:

Equal Shares - Sferes & White
Everybody, Somebody, Nobody, Anybody - Sferes & White
Sleepy Town - Sferes & White
Better Man - Keb Mo
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Memory Song - Chuck Broadsky
Here Comes the Sun - George Harrison
Rusty Old American Dream - David Wilcox
Too Much Stuff - Delbert McClinton
The Good Life - Sferes & White
Where Do We Go from Here - Sferes & White
If Everybody Did - Sferes & White