Bird Songs & Songs About Birds

Birds and their songs aren't fully understood by humans, but birds appear again and again in human songs as symbols of freedom, flight, beauty, and more. With The Incredible String Band's "White Bird" as a center piece, David Garland presents an hour of songs about birds, including pieces by Laura Marling and Scott Matthew recorded for Spinning On Air, and works by The Beach Boys, Anita O'Day, and Dave Van Ronk. Plus an excerpt from Jim Fassett's "Symphony of the Birds," a tape collage constructed from recordings of bird song. This show first aired January 12, 2014.