And it hit me, Minnesota is dope
One of the millenium goals is set to help with environmental issues. Being at the prime age for spending my money on stupid shit I am swarmed with marketing and pop culture which makes it hard to find things which effect my values on the issue of environmental sustainability. I guess it is mostly in the way that I see the world around me, it's gorgeous, and living in Minnesota is a great opportunity to have something worth saving. With that I would say there are a few songs which are made by local artists that make me proud of where I'm from.
Atmosphere - Say Shhh
Atmosphere - Sunshine
Kid Dakota - Ten Thousand Lakes
Heiruspecs - 5ves
All of these songs capture a different feel of Minnesota life. The next set of songs are about making change and get me pumped up to want to make a change.
Rise Against - Bricks, Black Masks and Gasoline, etc. - Pretty much all Rise Against songs are written in response to the need for social reform. Sometime their means may seem radical or violent but they are passionate and authentic which resonate with my desire for better.
The video might be a tad over the top, but the lyrics are on point about us having gone too far and are now just "ready to fall"
Tool - Lateralus - With Lateralus the band explores the infinite "spiral" of human capabilities. It is a call to its listeners to search within themselves and believe in their potential - to "push the envelope" and to "spiral out, keep going". Tool is an influence not only in lyrics but by the way they layer and harmonize their music. The music is greater than a sum of its parts which I think a lot of music lacks nowadays.