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Album Review

Rothenberg, David – “Why Birds Sing” – [Terra Nova Records]

cinder   7/28/2011   A Library, CD

Australia is home to the ornate gorgeous peacock-large bird called the lyrebird. David and his friend Michael Pestel went to a sanctuary down unda, and decided to record the birds along with their wind instruments. Namely the flute and clarinet. Some it seem like were recorded together live, with the bird almost as the improvising leader. Others have samples of the lyrebird, and other types of birds (warblers, thrush, kookaburra, starlings, etc) as well as some insects and frogs, connected in. The lyrebird sings only one song that takes him almost 6 years to master, and they are quite the shy bird when they sing. Beautiful, relaxing and uplifting. All it needs is some David Attenborough narrations, hehe.

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