90 Second Version:
The Cascadia Association has revealed the song chosen for 2018 CONIFA World Cup Anthem, O'Cascadia. Originally written by long time bioregionalist Lloyd Vivola in 2010, the choice was picked by Cascadia Association Football Federation founder Lenny Laymon, with the new symphonic version with new vocals entirely remastered. Credit for the wonderful new version coming soon!
O'Cascadia was written and inspired by the beautiy of the Northwest, and reflects the values of bioregionalism and the Cascadia movement that we hope to promote through our involvement with the CONIFA world cup.
You can also listen to the full version here:
Below - you will find the original song by Lloyd Vivola, who currently resides on Orcas Island and is an active and involved Cascadian, both in the movement and helping to better our bioregion. It is a folk anthem inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and a folk anthem inspired by the possibilities of a green, sustainable, earth-friendly homeland - diverse, inclusive, ecosophically-oriented - that honors all of its natural and human relations. As poet, world citizen, and long-time supporter of the bioregion, a living Cascadia inspires and edifies.
Bright burns the sun upon the misty mountain
Where the woodland waters run and tumble to the sea
With the force of your story, O Cascadia
Work of the ages, garden of our dreams
Rich grows the wealth when balance and integrity
Can cultivate good health and foster industry to be
Diverse as your people, O Cascadia
Capable and just, purposeful and green
Let us tend to each season, tempered by reason
Vested and neighborly, joining heart and hand
To be a light among nations when we proclaim
Our pledge to respect, protect and sustain