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INSIDE MUSIC: A little bird told me

By Rosemary Conte

originally published: 09/27/2018

INSIDE MUSIC: A little bird told meMy plan was to spend 10 or 15 minutes soaking up nutrients from the sun.  It became so much more.  Indeed, it was a quiet Sun-day morning on my deck, surrounded by lush trees, cool woods, a creek…and all kinds of beautiful birds. 

 I’m not officially, a birder, but I know several musicians who are, and I understand why.  I know little about birds other than the male species being the colorful ones.  And I can identify the most common and popular ones by their size and colors. But mostly, it’s the bird songs that grab me. 

This morning, I could distinguish five unique voices in the bird chorus. They seemed to be having a conversation, speaking politely -- one at a time.  One voice stood out, closer to me and more powerful than the others.  I did something I do a lot and enjoy:  I analyzed the pattern in the repetition of long and short phrases of the bird’s song, as well as the variation in note choices. It’s the singer/songwriter in me to hear birdsongs this way.  After all, they are composing. There is an environmental purpose to their singing even as their songs inspire generations of music composers.  

I relaxed into the moment, listening and memorizing the short melody of the stand-out bird. The sound grew closer, and I began to make a song of it on the spot.  The bird’s song was not a cliché pop melody, and afraid I might forget a note of it later on, I began identifying the interval from one note to the next intending to write it down once I got to my piano.  

Suddenly the singing stopped.  And a tiny bird hopped from the top step of the long staircase to my deck….and it stood in front of my chair.  It was so tiny and beautiful.  I wished I could hold it.  It paused and looked at me as to have personally delivered a song right into my lap.  And then it flew away.  



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Event calendar
Sunday, Oct 21, 2018


MUSIC

DiTrani Bros: Folk, Swing, Jazz, Ragtime!! @ Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse, Dunellen - 7:00pm

Jazz Guitarist Abe Ovadia @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Gypsy Jazz Brunch with Pyrenesia and Max Hansen Buffet @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

Dryden Ensemble: Bach Cantata Fest @ Miller Chapel (Princeton), Princeton - 3:00pm

Suzzanne Douglas @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 7:30pm


THEATRE

The Ghost Princess @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

CDC Theatre presents A Few Good Men @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm

Wait Until Dark @ Somerset Valley Playhouse, Hillsborough - 8:00pm

World Premier of, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, A Horror of a Play @ Forum Theatre (Metuchen), Metuchen - 3:00pm

The Color Purple @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

Almost, Maine @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Black Tom Island @ The 1882 Carriage House, Liberty Hall Museum, Union - 3:00pm

*Uncle Vanya, Scenes from a Jersey Life in Four Acts @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 7:00pm

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie @ Westfield Community Players, Westfield - 2:00pm







DANCE

DRACULA - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 4:00pm


FILM

A conversation with John Cusack Following a screening of Say Anything @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:00pm


KIDS

Summit Farmers Market Pumpkin Painting @ Summit Farmers Market, Summit - 10:00am


POETRY

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 9:00am


MISC

HAUNTED ILLUSIONS LIVE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 3:00pm

THE MAGIC OF BILL BLAGG LIVE! @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 2:00pm

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