This Good War is our latest Shiner song, inspired by longtime friend and Shiner fan, Seth Klein, and his climate emergency book, A Good War, whose premise is that we should mobilize with speed and effectiveness to face the latest existential crisis, this time environmental, as we did in the 1940s with the Second World War.
Seth challenged me back in January of 2021 to write an inspiring and uplifting climate emergency song… so we took up the gauntlet to create an invigorating musical call to arms. All Shiner hands were on deck for this one, including lyrically.
The result - This Good War - was recorded in Toronto, Canada during the Summer of 2021, otherwise known as the Summer of even more extreme weather (BC fires and Hurricane Ida floods) and the Delta variant.
So this song is released with hope on September 13th, 2021 - a week before the federal election in Canada, where we can put political feet to the climate fire in the voting booth!
For more information about the accompanying movement to mobilize Canada for the climate emergency, see the Climate Emergency Unit.
The accompanying image, done by Tegan Armstrong and Luke Donovan, is a contemporary riff on the 1940s Canadian World War II propaganda poster, Attack on All Fronts. This award-winning poster by freelance illustrator Hubert Rogers depicts a soldier with a machine gun, an industrial worker with a rivet gun, and a woman with a hoe. Apparently equating female agricultural workers and riveters with soldiers was an attempt to persuade would-be enlistees that home front work was just as valuable as soldiering. In the climate crisis war, all work towards real environmental sustainability is valuable and necessary, including artistic protest.
released September 13, 2021
This Good War
Jen Schaffer and the Shiners
Jennifer Schaffer - Words, Music, Guitar, Vocals
Simon Law - Words, Music, BG Vocals, Producer, Arranger, Recorder, Percussion
Astrid Foster - Words. Bass, BG Vocals
John Teshima - Words. Guitar, BG Voclas
Jonathan Marks - Words. BG Vocals
Emmanuel Szeptycki - Violin String Section
The art work is by the talented team of Tegan Armstrong and Luke Donovan - music video pending.