BP Oil Spill Inspires One Eyed Rhyno to Record 'The Bird'

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In April, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Five months later, a cement plug has sealed BP's gushing well, but people will be feeling the effects from the incident for years to come. Inspired by the event, Sacramento rockers One Eyed Rhyno have recorded their song, 'The Bird,' which addresses the deadly wildlife conditions.

Moved by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, One Eyed Rhyno singer James Hunter (pictured on the left), originally wrote the song bluesy track when he was 10, but the recent events in the Gulf of Mexico pushed him and his band to record and release the song in hopes of raising awareness about and funds for the area's disrupted ecosystem.
"I was actually reflecting on a real bird that was once there and is now no more because of an oil spill," the 16-year-old singer tells JSYK. "About 5 years ago, we were playing the final festival for Sacramento 'Creek Week,' which is an event where people get together to clean up local rivers, lakes and creeks. During the event, I noticed a sculpture which was made from materials found during the river clean-up. One of the material pieces was literally the carcass of a dead bird, which broke my heart. This inspired me to learn more about what animals face in oil spills and then write 'The Bird.' For me, it's not just words and chords, it's an ode to that bird."

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2010 BP Oil Spill Pics

A Brown Pelican is covered in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast.

WARNING:The following oil spill photos in this gallery show animals that have been harmed and could be hard for some to look at.

2010 BP Oil Spill Pics

A dead oil-covered fish lies on a beach on Grand Isle, Louisiana. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the coastal wetlands affected by the massive oil spill that continues gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.

WARNING:The following oil spill photos in this gallery show animals that have been harmed and could be hard for some to look at.

2010 BP Oil Spill Pics

Another oiled Brown Pelican is rescued from Barataria Bay off the coast of Louisiana Friday, June 4, 2010. The bird was impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

WARNING:The following oil spill photos in this gallery show animals that have been harmed and could be hard for some to look at.

2010 BP Oil Spill Pics

A volunteer cleans an oil covered white pelican found off the Louisiana coast and affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico at the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, Louisiana.

WARNING:The following oil spill photos in this gallery show animals that have been harmed and could be hard for some to look at.

2010 BP Oil Spill Pics

Veterinarians clean up an oil covered bird found in the Gulf of Mexico.

WARNING:The following oil spill photos in this gallery show animals that have been harmed and could be hard for some to look at.

2010 BP Oil Spill Pics

An aerial photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning.

WARNING:The following oil spill photos in this gallery show animals that have been harmed and could be hard for some to look at.

2010 BP Oil Spill Pics

In this aerial file photo taken Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, an oil slick is seen as the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns.

WARNING:The following oil spill photos in this gallery show animals that have been harmed and could be hard for some to look at.

2010 BP Oil Spill Pics

In this aerial photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico weathered oil is seen near the coast of Louisiana from a leaking pipeline.

WARNING:The following oil spill photos in this gallery show animals that have been harmed and could be hard for some to look at.

2010 BP Oil Spill Pics

Coastal zone director P.J. Hahn lifts his boot out of thick beached oil at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, just off the Gulf of Mexico in Plaquemines Parish, La.

WARNING:The following oil spill photos in this gallery show animals that have been harmed and could be hard for some to look at.

2010 BP Oil Spill Pics

A bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon has affected wildlife throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

WARNING:The following oil spill photos in this gallery show animals that have been harmed and could be hard for some to look at.

2010 BP Oil Spill Pics



Remember Do Something's Weekend Without Oil campaign? Well, One Eyed Rhyno's song was recently featured on DoSomething.org in conjunction with their cause. Since then, the band has teamed up with The Student Conservation Association (SCA) to donate proceeds from every download of 'The Bird' toward the organization, which promotes youth conservation, environmental team leadership and community service education.

"With 'The Bird' and our SCA partnership, I really wanted to get the message across that awareness is everyone's responsibility," James adds. "Even through music you can be aware, as I found through writing this song."

Watch One Eyed Rhyno's video for 'The Bird' below, and if you'd like to help the band's cause, you can download a copy of the song on iTunes. What do you think of James' eco-minded track?

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