Kacey Musgraves has today (22) released a new version of ‘Oh, What A World,’ a favourite from her 2018 album Golden Hour, to mark Earth Day.
‘Oh, What A World 2.0 (Earth Day Edition)’ features a more pronounced beat and pop feel by comparison to the version on the quadruple Grammy-winning album. It retains the distinctive vocoder feature that marked out the original. Like most of the set, Musgraves composed the song with her co-producers Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk. The track also gave its name to the country star’s world tour which started in 2018 and began a second leg in early 2019.
The lyrics of the song have added poignancy when applied to the context of Earth Day, and even more so during the current pandemic. “Oh, what a world, don’t wanna leave,” sings Musgraves. “All kinds of magic all around us, it’s hard to believe.”
In a statement, Musgraves says: “There is a lot to feel downhearted about on this Earth Day. Everyone and everything feels out of balance. People are suffering and the future is uncertain. In the face of a pandemic that has brought cities to their knees, a song can feel small. A melody can seem insignificant.
“Signs everywhere of human compassion and renewal”
“This is a global moment of acknowledgment and respect for the power of nature and for so many of us — extreme challenges and sadness,” she continues. “But in the midst of all the loss and uncertainty there are signs everywhere of human compassion and renewal.
“It’s still a wild, beautiful world”
“The earth is healing. Bluer skies hang over China and Los Angeles. Clearer water and a positive effect on wildlife is being seen. In spite of all its troubles, it’s still a wild, beautiful world and if you need proof, it’s out there. You just might have to look in a different corner of the sky.
“Right now, there are so many brave people that deserve Medals of Honour: the nurses, doctors, grocers, the delivery and truck drivers, cashiers, gas station attendants, the scientists, restaurant workers, the single parents, and SO many others.
“I’m just a songwriter but my hope is that if I bring the light I have in my spirit to the table, maybe it could be a form of energy that lifts someone else’s spirit for a moment. Oh, What a World — dedicated to our planetary home and all the quiet heroes this Earth Day: you’re the northern lights in our skies.”