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Big blue earth, deep blue sea
I see you, you see me
Land to land, place to place
Here we stand, face to face
I am you, you are me
All one world, one family
lyrics by Chet Manchester with Mindy Jostyn and Jacob Brackman
On New Year's Eve 2002, the Library hosted a collaborative musical project with professional musicians and community singers, children and adults, representing the many nations and cultures who reside in Boston. This group combined a cappella harmonies with elements of world music inside the unique acoustic space of the Mapparium to create the sound of Big Blue Earth. The words sung were adapted from a poem, written from the perspective of a child looking out at the world and seeing all its people united as one.
Building upon those themes of global community, peace, and bridging divides, The Mary Baker Eddy Library began a series of arts and educational programming for children. Through theater, dance, music and games, the Library and it's partners in the community worked under the Big Blue Earth moniker to provide the necessary tools for problem solving and non-violent conflict resolution to the next generation.
The recording of Big Blue Earth now in use was professionally produced with vocals by then four-year-old Isaiah Brackman and acclaimed singer-songwriter Mindy Jostyn, with flute and additional vocals from Cornelius Bumpus, best known as a member of the Doobie Brothers.
Recordings of Big Blue Earth are available for purchase in the Library Shop. Also check our upcoming programs page for future events, our annual First Night celebrations which feature Big Blue Earth inside the Mapparium.