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A tongue-in-cheek riff on Modernity and the myth of Progress...while attempting to take the point of view of the Universe....and from the humble perspective of my short career as a research associate with Cornell University (in tropical avian ecology). Underlying question: Can Science, Technology & Reason pave the way to a better, more moral humanity, as Steven Pinker and Peter Singer argue? Or are they inherently corrupt and non-sustainable (acc. Vandana Shiva & Chris Hedges...)?


What went down as a Mona Lisa? Ornithology...
What went down as Maccu Piccu? Ornithology...
What went down as elevation? Ornithology...
What went down as history? Ornithology...
What was down as always?
What went down at sea?
What went down was half of you and me...
What went down was mathematic... Ornithology...
What went down to the landfill? Ornithology...
What went down as freedom? Ornithology...
What went down was so romantic...Ornithology...
What went down as gravitas?
What went down the hole?
What went south was no accident,
What went down was a landslide victory...
What went down as progress?
What went down as rare and pretty ?
What went down as sweet success?
What went down was futile...
What went down as gold...
What went down got fossilized...
What went down was some ancient centerfold...


from Modern Folk, released June 12, 2015
Words: David Rosane
Music: David Rosane, with Lucie Rouits
Piano: John Hughes
Official Video by Theo Zenou:



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David Rosane Paris, France

Before becoming a full-time singer-songwriter, Dave had a career in Ecology and humanitarian work. He toiled in the Amazon for 10 years conducting research and teaching with Cornell University, including working as an outreach coordinator with the Ye’kuana tribe. He then moved to New York City as an environmental and social justice advocate in the years building up to the Occupy Movement. ... more

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