Had several cool experiences this last week. One relates well to the bird side of the blog and the other touches on another theme and that is music. I have not had any moving food experiences recently, so that should be coming soon I hope.
Getting the message out ( in ever increasing concentric circles around the Center) is one of the most challenging components of our job in the education department. Whenever someone wants to talk to you for a TV show or a newspaper or a webcast, you say sure. Most are perfectly well meaning, but sometimes the process is irritating. Schedules don't match. You need something difficult from a bird. Challenging, but often energizing. I do it a lot. Talking with Leslee Johnson was fun. She listens well. Is able to converse intelligently (which isn't a given) and writes nice stuff about the environmental topics I enjoy. Here are some links to articles she wrote based on our conversation. Brevity is not my strength, and fortunately, she had 3 stories planned. I guess 300 words is what humans are reading now a days before switching off.
Fierce canaries in a huge mine (how about that title!). Nice chatting Leslee!
The second cool experience happened the other night at the Charleston Pourhouse. I have been playing music for a long time. I started my true professional career in a group called Wheelhouse in 1997. Matt Weldon and I played acoustic music to lots of drunks in many fine establishments with bartenders named Randy. While I often jest about my songwriting prowess, I have only ever recorded two original songs. One about my dog that I wrote while playing in a band with my friend Ray Murphy. The other I wrote during an art history class as an undergraduate. At the PoHo gig, we had a small, enthusiastic crowd. We had requests for songs from the record. There was a young lady who knew all the words. She sang the melodies and we could have harmonized to them. Every word. Started with a duet with Chris on "Montana Cowboy" a high lead solo tune. All the words to my song "True Wisdom, " all 7 minutes of it. And she sang on key. Felt really cool. This video reminded me of it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZoJJeBeStg . No pictures in this edition. Deal. Thanks Flatt City fan, for liking our record.