Summer Birds, Winter Birds

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The summer birds have come back. There's a hundred blackbirds in the ash, shouting their songs about warm southern lands. The weather is still shitty here. The summer birds look pissed. They flew thousands of miles just to miss all of this.

There's a slight Spanish accent in the sound of their songs. They've been listening to those corridos down in Mexico. Do they sing another song in the winter in Oaxaca? About a fox on a hill outside Lake Delton, Wisconsin?

Of course, the winter birds never left us. They are our true companions. They will never alight in a mango or a banyan. Spring can't seem to get sprung. We're all desperate for some sunshine. The winter birds know you gotta take it one day at a time.

I put out a few feeders, trying to help some winter birds stay alive, but they've been doing this for a while now. They probably would have survived either way. Do the winter birds get jealous? Do they feel envy when the summer birds show up just as the lean times are ending?


from You Can See Everything From Up Here, released April 8, 2014


tags: folk Wisconsin


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Three things happened that made Ryan start writing songs: He and his wife moved to a weird beautiful old farm. He made a dulcimer out of a cigar box. A very heavy thing fell on his head and messed him up pretty bad for a while. Then another thing happened: He met Laura, John, Matt, and Anneliese. They liked playing music together so they started playing shows. Now they've made a record, too. ... more

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