On April 20th, 2010 the offshore oil rig "Deepwater Horizon" exploded and became uncoupled beneath the ocean's surface. The tragedy took eleven human lives and claimed the lives of untold thousands of birds, fish, and wetland mammals. The well was finally capped on September 19th, 2010 - and in those five months an estimated five million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. The event is considered one of the greatest environmental disasters in United States history.
I wrote "Dive" in the wake of this tragic event. I woke up the following morning and watched the underwater camera detail the billowing plume of oil gushing from the well. I also came across a photograph of an incredible Louisiana Brown Pelican standing tall in the surf, drenched in oil. She peered back into the lens of the camera as if to say, "You have to do better than this for us." I wrote "Dive" as a love song from that pelican to an ocean who is no longer the lover she used to be. -eric cox // The Belle Weather
The lyrics and melody for "Dive" were written by Eric Cox. The music was written and performed by Eric Cox (guitar/vocals), Tom Abromaitis (upright bass), Thea Vorass (cello), Marisa Sheppard (violin), and Shane Hochstetler (percussion). The song was recorded and mixed by Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, WI. Copyright: Relentless Music. 2020.