I was inspired to write the song “The Time Has Come” after participating in my first climate rally in San Francisco. Before the rally I was afraid that I might be one of only a dozen people attending, which would confirm my fear that hardly anyone was willing to put themselves out there on this issue. However, when I emerged from the Bart station into the San Francisco sunlight, I saw thousands of people with banners and signs, and I felt my hope rise up in me. The song’s lyrics reflect both my despair about the climate disaster we’re creating and the hope that we can, through activism, influence our leaders to take meaningful action on behalf of future generations. Here’s my personal story.
This song features Walter Ogi Johnson on native flute, Bhanu Abeysekera on pow wow drum, Scott Sorkin on classical guitar, and Doug Pohorski on bass, and was recorded and mixed by Doug Pohorski. I’m deeply honored to be among such talented musicians. The pow wow drum is the center of the song, symbolizing the heartbeat of Earth. I collaborated with the amazing filmmaker, Scott Bayer, to make a music video which features the song and celebrates the work being done by climate activists across the country.