Labor Day is celebrated up North on the continent as the start of the fall season – sweater weather, brisk mornings and pumpkin spiced dishes of all sorts. Can you guess what holiday Labor Day better resembles in south Florida?
That’s what makes Stuck Inside of Oasis (with the Cypress Blues Again) the perfect campfire song. It’s not sung brilliantly, even if the video of Oasis that accompanies the song was shot in broad daylight (with growing cumulus clouds in the background). And I mess up quite a few lyrics and chords – also typical of campfire fair.
The song was written and first sung as a farewell song to a long-time ranger that spent many a long day welcoming and talking to visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve.
More recently I put the song to video, and in listening back I now see it in a much different light. As much as a farewell song to a good friend, it’s as an ode to a rather odd but endearing building called Oasis located in the middle of the swamp.
To me it’s nothing less than a hotspot of the universe.
By being a watershed that receives all (or most) of its water straight from the sky, The Big Cypress has remained protected from and untouched by the drainage works and water management rules that surround it on all sides?
Hint: Unlike the Everglades to the east that depends on a complex system of water management rules and structures to deliver water downstream, people have traditionally talked about and celebrated the The Big Cypress (see above) as its own separate and rain driven watershed. But how true is it? And is that good or bad?
The answer may surprise you.
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