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'' HER EYES ARE OPEN,'' SAID BEN WHITELEY who has played bass on her records and in her touring band since 2017. ''She's an incredibly nuanced thinker, very aware of the human emotional state.

So she was like, 'We need to address side of climate change.'' Lindeman said, she was experiencing ''climate grief,'' and it was related to other issues in her life. ''I was born in the 80s, and I was raised with the understanding that climate change is real. It's something that people haven't really understood is happening to younger generations.''

She added that her generation was ''born into this world that's like, 'Oh, by the way. The future's going to be apocalyptic. But do your thing! It's very strange.''

SOME Musicians are compelled to write a song after a lovers' quarrel, an encounter with a great work of art or a particularly resonant overheard exchange.

Tamara Lindeman, the 36-year-old Canadian singer and songwriter who records under the name  Weather Station, was recently driven to write one immediately after reading an article about the oil and gas corporation Exxon Mobil.

''When I say that, it sounds very esoteric or political or strange, but it's very personal to me,'' she said on a video call from her Toronto home one morning in January, her sandy-blond bangs hanging as long as the fringe on her brown suede jacket.

Calls the song on her piercing new record, ''Ignorance,'' anthems at ambivalence : She wrote most of them over what she calls ''a weird winter where I was obsessively reading about climate change'' and enamored of a toy keyboard with built-in drum machine.

Around the time, she also began attending Fridays for Future demonstrations in Toronto and hosting a series called Elephant in the Room, for which she interviewed other musicians and activists about climate change.

'' I feel as useless as a tree in a city park, standing as a symbol of what we have blown apart,'' Lindeman sighs on the poignant ''Tried To Tell You,'' which sets its poetic observational melancholy to an insistent beat.

[She found the band she needed to achieve the album' push and pull between weight and lightness in Toronto, including two percussionists, the jazz saxophonist Brodie West and Tegan and Sara's onetime keyboardist Johnny Spence.]

Atop that sturdy, percussive foundation, Lindeman's nimble voice moves from airy falsetto to an earthy alto with the grace and daring of a diving bird.

When you're listening to the Weather Station, Joni Mitchell often comes to mind; Lindeman also cites the most recent work of the indie musician Wyes Blood for giving her ''permission'' to explore, in songs. her relationship to an ailing planet with an almost romantic intensity.

The song that was kindled after the Exxon Mobil article is ''Robber,'' the striking leadoff track. Newly flushed with feelings of anger and betrayal, Lindeman revisited a droning chord of progression to which she's previously written an entirely different set of lyrics.

She began with a phrase that popped into her mind : ''I never believed in the robber.'' It meant a few different things to her at once - the lies at the heart of so many cultural myths; the ease with which individual are blamed for problems caused by larger institutions - which was a sign she was moving in the right direction.

Making music has allowed Lindeman to feel as if she gradually regained her artistic autonomy, but it also made her wonder if all songwriters are inherently somewhat selfless - walking mirrors dissolving into their surroundings and reflecting back the shared fears and joys of their times.

''Something I realized about classic songwriting throughout history, like Motown songs or Beatles songs, is that they take a feeling from the air that everyone is feeling, and then they just give it into a melody,'' Lindeman said. ''There's something beautifully alchemical about that.''

''I think the metaphors or the emotions that lead to me to want to write or finish a song are always the ones that are complicated,'' she said. ''When I can't fully get to the bottom of the idea, that's when I'm most likely to make a song.''

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Climate Change and Giving Voice, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Lindsay Zoladz.

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