Ecoize's Eco Celebrity Eco Interview with Ocean,
one of our Eco Celebs
In case you're from another universe and haven't heard Ocean's music yet, go to Ocean's site and find out more about her after reading this thoughtful interview.
Ocean's voice is entrnacing and we think she embodies what our site stands for - for mermaids, of course - Ocean's a surfer, a vegan because she loves animals, and an active environentalist and animal protector. We also love her style !
We asked Ocean to be our spokesperson and to contribute some of her beautiful artwork to our site, and we're thrilled that she's agreed to become involved with Eco Mermaid !
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Eco Celebrity Eco Interview with Ocean
First of all, I speak for all of us at EcoMermaid who absolutely love your music ! We were intrigued that your debut cd was entitled, 'Mermaid Music',and that
you, too, are involved with ecological concerns.
Would you tell us more about what led you to name your CD?
I guess we all are obsessed with some variation of the idea of the mermaid,
and I, too, feel the link between the mermaid and environment The reason the
cd is called, Mermaid Music,is because the songs in that collection are all
about passion and longing, whether of the body or the soul. There is one song
on in - Siren Song - which is directly linked to this idea, and which tells
a story of a mermaid and a sailor. The CD encompasses many styles, and is eclectic
I really love it! And when I first heard ,Siren Song,on the radio, I was struck
with how you had found a new way to tell this very archaic tale.
Thanks. My mermaid story brought out the ambiguity and, I hope, some of the
haunting qualities and otherwordliness of those tales- kind of a horror story
with romance as its' end, no matter how it goes.
I like the primeval idea of the mermaid, and it seemed to fit with the exotic
melody in the song.
How did you get the name, Ocean ?
My parents are surfers, and I was actually born in the ocean ! And it seemed
to fit, according to my Dad, who said I have sea-colored, aqua eyes. We always
lived at the beach, and I still do. I could swim before I could walk, and I
feel very at home in the sea. Of course, I surf and even our rescued dogs do!
That's so nice that you've rescued dogs too!
Oh, yes. I rescue all kinds of animals, and that includes pets, domestic animals
as well as wildlife, and I keep as many as possible. I wouldn't think of buying
a pet at a pet store, or from a breeder, when so many are in trouble and might
be put down at shelters. I have six dogs, four cats, and two birds, all rescued,
- but only the doggies surf!-and I've fostered more and found homes for them.
With wildlife, I save them, then transport them to where they'll be tended,
mended, taken care of, and if possible, then released back into the area where
they'd been living before. It's a wonderful thing, being able to see them return
to their wild homes!
We're posting one of your articles on wildlife rescue under our section, Wildlife Fix,
which is under MerAnimals. Most of us here at EcoMermaid also have adopted needy
pets, and we feel they are the very best ! We'd all like to learn how to do
wildlife rescue too, and I'm sure our readers will enjoy reading about your
adventures in saving lives.
Everyone can do it! There are ways which every person on Earth, I mean, on Planet Sea-
I love how you've renamed the planet for who she really is !- can help to save
lives, and doing animal rescue is very fulfilling.
Ocean, do you think that being named for the ocean has given you a feeling of
kinship with it?
Most definitely - like, I feel that I should help protect the ocean, and all
the planet. I really do walk along the beaches and not o�nly search for injured
wildlife, but I pick up any trash I find. It's so sad to see that some people
don't feel that same concern for keeping the beaches and wild areas beautiful.
That's one reason I was happy to accept your invitation to act as your spokesperson
for EcoMermaid. You have the same goals as I do!
I know you're currently working on some new CDs. Would you tell us something about
Yes. The first is simply called, Ocean, because the record company i'm with now wanted it to be more of an introductory CD to my more mainstream work that they first one was,and, to me, that title stands for the ocean as well as for my name, because this CD has a oceanic rhythms, and is in a style I call sort of an 'island', sound. It's more accessible than my first CD and has some smooth, samba-type tunes in it and it's exotic and melodic, like much of my music tends to be. It's more like intimate, and everyone seems to love
Then I have a few more in process with different sounds and themes.
I'll post more about them soon at my official site, Ocean.
You remind me of Sade in some songs, but you still have your own distinct and
unique voice. You have a great range and i love the tone of your singing. Did
you study music? You write brilliant songs too.
Thank you, and No, no special training, and I play by ear. I've traveled a lot, and that contributes to my love of music and especially of exotic music.
I really like the quotes we used on our homepage from some of your articles,
and we are so happy that you are allowing us to use some of your writings at
EcoMermaid. You truly are multi-talented, and I have read your poetry, which
is also great, and your artwork is stunning as well. We think you're the closest
thing to a real mermaid we've seen, because you surf and spend time saving lives
at the ocean and help the planet in everything you do. Did you think of being
a mermaid when you were little?
I think every little kid does, even ones who have never seen the sea. We're all aware of it and long to see it. I wish all little kids could go regularly to a beach.
I used to think there really were mermaids and mermen in the sea, and fairies
in the flowers. Now I realize we need to become like mermaids and mermen ourselves and swim together to save the planet, as you'd say. I think that's one of the coolest aspects of EcoMermaid, and I'm really glad to be a part of it.
Do you have any plans of other ways you would like to protect animals?
Actually, I have several - one is a cd I am in pre-production on which has songs
honoring various animal groups, like I have one for horses, which has a moving,
lovely melody, and one for wolves, and so on. I also have plans for my Concerts
for Animals, which will raise money and awareness for them. I'm inviting all
vegan and vegetarian and eco-minded musicians to join us in these, and I want
to have booths with material telling about how people can help, and booths with
samples of vegan dishes and recipes there and petitions for people to sign,etc.
I'd like for them to be annual, or even more often. I also donate part of every
CD sale of my music and prints of my artwork, or whatever I do, to animal advocacy
groups and campaigns.
That is so brilliant! We at our site will help to publicize your concerts, and
in any way we can. It's very cool that you have established the links from veganism
to public health to being child-free to saving the planet. I read more about your
views on your celebrity interview at FamousVeggie.com.
By the way, I've seen you on the Vegan Celebrities film.
Yes, in most interviews I mention saving the animals and the world, which really
is one and the same thing. I love music and the arts, and I easily find time
to devote to saving all I love in the world too. Sometimes it's as easy as just
sending emails, which I do weekly from the Peta.org website and from other great
sites, and sometimes it's letter-writing on political issues which affect animals
and the environment, and also, of course, donating time and money. I make time
to save animals. And wherever I am if I see an animal in need, I stop whatever
I'm doing because saving a life always takes precedence over anything else.
We hope that more celebrities will take a stance as you've done, and speak out
for those who can't. It's amazing to me that someone as talented and as busy
as you are is also so unselfish and un-self-absorbed ! this is the essence of
true Mer Spirit, and let me say for all of the staff at EcoMermaid that we're
so glad to have you swimming in our own ocean, Ocean, and that you are true
mermaid ! Thank you for this interview and thank you for consenting to act as
our spokesperson !
I look forward to it, and it's really great that you publicize compassion !
Ecoize has asked Ocean to write a blog for us, she said yes and we've called it Note:
We're so excited that Ocean has agreed to take some time from music every few days and write for us, we'd like to take this opportunity to say Thanks, Ocean, from all of us at Ecoize, for making such a great contribution to saving our planet!