Winning Earth Day

As planned, I entered the Green Strum Project Band Scramble at St. Louis Earth Day with H. The weather was perfect. Blogged friend Ryan Spearman is behind the Green Strum Project with his wife Kelly Wells. As luck had it, H and I ended up on the same team with two other friends. We brought our own fiddles, but we did not need them. We played two cigar box guitars, an olive oil can slide banjo and a salt canister fiddle. H and I constructed the salt canister fiddle using a board for the neck, a salt canister for the resonator, an orange juice cap for the bridge and screws for the nut and tuning pegs. It was quiet, but effective. As the Dumpster Divers, we composed “Dumpster Diving” and performed it for a first place finish! We won tickets to LouFest. Watch the shaky camera video on Facebook. It was a great day.

“Dumpster Diving” by the Dumpster Divers


Verse 1:
D                Dsus4 D
Your trash is my treasure.
G               Gadd2 G
Your junk is my art.
D            Dsus4 D
You throw it away.
I take it apart.

D               Dsus4 D
Roaming through alleys,
G               Gadd2  G
Looking through bins,
I see something.
A7              D-Db-D
I dive right in!

Dumpster diving!
It's surprising
What we're finding
Dumpster diving!

Instrumental over verse chords

Verse 2:
Old cigar boxes,
Futon frames,
Add some strings, and
Now we're playing.

Put it together.
Make something new.
Where there was nothing,
A green song grew.


Instrumental over verse chords

Verse 3:
Diving in the city,
Diving in the county,
Head to St. Charles,
To check out the bounty.

It used to be theirs, and
Now it's ours.
My guitar's made of
Cuban cigars.


Instrumental over verse chords


Put it together.
Make something new.
Where there was nothing,
A green song grew.


Update April 24, 2011: Local blog Book of MY has this post about the festival that includes pictures of the Dumpster Divers as we practiced.


Michael M. on April 17th 2011 in General, Live, Music

5 Responses to “Winning Earth Day”

  1. Lib M. responded on 19 Apr 2011 at 1:29 am #

    Congratulations! This is from my kindle.

  2. K responded on 20 Apr 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Hi, Michael, this blog is still on my RSS feed, and I have to say that is pretty much the coolest thing I have ever read. Congratulations.
    – Kristina V

  3. Michael M. responded on 20 Apr 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Hi, Kristina. I am glad you are still subscribed. I post much less because my schedule is busy, but I have managed better lately.

    The day was terrific. Our band was stacked. One band member builds cigar box guitars, plays music and runs an open mic. The rest of us play a lot and had played together before.

    We wrote the song in an hour. I contributed a melody and chord structure with a couple of lines. From there, everybody added lyrics and music, and we arranged and re-arranged.

    Here is a video of our performance. The camera work moves all over, but the sound came through well.

  4. Betty M responded on 21 Apr 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Congratulations on the winning song. Enjoyed listening with Mollie this week.

  5. Michael M. responded on 21 Apr 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    I’m glad you and Mollie listened to it.

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