Moss on Roof Shingles Looks Good in Folk Music Videos, BUT….

moss on roof shingles

This blog post is the result of an entertaining discussion I had with my local roof cleaner. My friends operate an underground folk music band and they wanted to shoot a video at my house only because everything was covered in moss. Two weeks ago, before the abovementioned discussion with my local roof cleaner, my friends shot their music video at my house. They were playing drums and guitars on my roof and I must admit all the moss gave the video that folk feel, especially because my home has a log cabin style exterior. But once the video was shot, the singer of my friends’ band openly admitted that the amount of moss on my roof was very concerning and he said I should get it demossed. He pulled up some articles online that showed why roof moss was a very bad thing.

Long story short, I took his words without salt, and immediately went on a search for a roof demossing company near me. I have multiple homes, but this one in particular is in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, so I did some looking around online for roof demossing Victoria BC. After getting quotes from several different moss removal businesses, I settled on one I thought was right for me. Their team was available to clean my roof the day after I called and, even though my house no longer has as much of a folk feel, I’m so glad I took the step to remove moss from my roof shingles because I saved myself a lot of hassle in the future.

So this blog post, as well as being a cool story, is also a warning to all you folk music lovers who haven’t demossed their roof because they like moss too much. Moss is very beautiful, so is lichen, but it doesn’t belong on our rooftops. Moss belongs out in nature with the spiders and mold, not in or on your home.

At least I managed to get a good music video out of my deteriorated roof. So my roof didn’t get damaged for nothing I guess. But now I guess you might be wondering what that discussion with my local roof cleaner was all about. As you know, here at Kaslo Folk Fest, we’re all about sharing cool info about folk music in general. I used to live in Kaslo for many years and still have a house there. I live there on and off throughout the year and am blessed to do so. But the roof cleaners in Victoria BC are on a different level when it comes to roof demossing techniques. My local roof cleaner was talking about how people in inner British Columbia are for the most part not as aware of the dangers of moss as they should be.

He said his dream is to spread the importance of getting rid of moss on roof shingles because it will impact the economy of not just British Columbia but Canada in general as moss will no longer be degrading the value of homes. This may affect the cost of homes across BC but it’s worth it, he says, because everyone in BC who owns a home should want their property to be worth more! That’s a good thing. It might not be good for the starving folk artist who dreams of buying a home in their thirties but it’s a good thing overall. I agreed with this kind man and now I share his mission. This is the whole reason why I’m writing about this today. We need to warn people with moss on their roof that by removing it the value of their home will rise, especially our fellow folk music lovers!

So thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you too will share this information with your friends and family. Until next time, stay safe and keep jamming to that good old folk music!

Music, a Peace Warrior’s Greatest Weapon

peace warrior weapon

Unlike Rap, Pop and other popular music, Folk, Soul and other mature music tends to show more allegories hinting at social justice. Of course you see this in every genre, but folk music writers tend to be of a sophisticated level and share unique views into politics, whereas many popular genres couldn’t care less about politics.

Folk music, with guitar and harmonica, played by a single singer can be a devastating weapon in the war for social justice. One singer with a guitar can inspire a whole nation to act differently. Many say the pen is the most powerful weapon, but in the ancient tradition of oral speech in pre-Christian times when nearly everyone was illiterate, music was the greatest means of sharing ideas, music and the recited poem where no pen was needed. In ancient Greece, the ability to memorize powerful speeches was praised unlike it is today in the Age of Information, which is rather ironic. But today memory and recital still plays just as important a role as it did back in ancient Greece. We have illiterate people today in First Nations communities and in Africa who are arguably more intelligent than most New Age thinkers. Music for these people can be played without a pen, and it is so powerful for their people that it is in some cases the center of cultural growth. The emotion that you can feel from a bagpipe is no different than the emotion you feel from reading a dramatic book. Unlike writing a book, all music requires is a passionate heart, talent and the motivation to create. Unlike a book, you can go on the street and music can be heard by everyone. Without even words, the sounds of music can drive a listener to act in a more positive way, to appreciate the beauty around them.

Today, on this quick note, I want to ask you to never take music for granted. Music is taught in universities for a good reason, and in medieval times it was one of the central seven arts of teaching, right up there with astronomy and mathematics.

As we step away from the profanity of popular music and reach back into the root-music of our cultures’ origins, we find a kind of sophistication that reaches out to us and asks us to question our morality. Whether it’s the Soul of the African American ghetto or the Rockabilly of the rustic farmland, we hear stories of love and self-sacrifice so beautiful they make grown men and women cry. Today it’s so rewarding to see young people shedding away from trying to be “hip” and “cool” by blaring pointless music about sex and fancy cars, because these young people are the Peace Warriors of tomorrow, and the power of music will drive them to unthinkable levels.

But rap can be used for a good cause. Sometimes a rapper can shed light on something only he sees. My favorite example of this is Kam’s Holiday Madness. Most of America, i beleove, shoudl carefully listen to this song.

Thank you!

Submit Your Music! We’re Looking for Talent!

Do you make folk music? Do you want your music to be heard by a wider audience? Get a chance to perform in festivals around the world. if we think you have what it takes we’ll connect you with magazine interviews, recording time and radio showcases.

Why do we do this? We’re trying to keep folk music alive! and often the talent out there is shy, and we’re to help you. Please contact us today with a link to your music and if we like we hear we’ll get back to you. If we don’t get back to you it’s not the end of the world.

Many great musicians need over 50 years before their talent reached a level worth spreading across the world. Keep an eye out for opportunities and stick around this blog for tips and tricks on how to make your folk music soar!

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