Grammy Award-winning artist Bill Harley performs John Muir’s Stickeen, the true story of a man, his dog, and a glacier. Muir saw humanity as part of the natural world, not as master of it. His perceptions about the emotions and desires of “our lower fellow mortals” anticipates the environmental ethos that has emerged over the last one hundred years, putting him in the lineage of Alexander Humboldt, Aldo Leopold, and today’s environmental movement. But Muir’s perception was as much emotional and spiritual as it was philosophical or theoretical. In this piece, we see Muir’s love of nature, his scientific understanding of its forces, and his wrestling with where we fit in the world. Recording sale to follow.
--Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning artist who uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Recipient of the lifetime achievement award from RI Council for the Humanities "for building community; promoting our common humanity; and encouraging lifelong learning, exploring and growing," Mr. Harley tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.