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Listeners are always curious about the origin of BirdNote's theme song. In this show, learn how Grammy-Award winning artist Nancy Rumbel and the BirdNote team created the theme. BirdNote is an independent nonprofit funded by our audience, and this week we’re asking for your support, at BirdNote.org.
BirdNote’s Chirpy Cheerful Theme Song
Written by Jasmine “Jazzi” Johnson
This is BirdNote.
Over the years, we’ve heard from lots of listeners about our thousands of episodes.
Like: My cat loves listening - and I do, too!
And: A delightful start to each morning– like a robin’s spring song
And listeners are always curious about the origin of BirdNote's theme song.
Around the time BirdNote became an independent nonprofit in the mid-2000s, Chris Peterson, BirdNote’s founder, invited Grammy-Award winning artist Nancy Rumbel to work on the short but memorable theme.
Rumbel used higher-pitched wind instruments to mimic the sound of birds. After sketching a few melodies on the oboe, she threw in the wooden ocarina to add “sweet bird-like chirps.” Rumbel says she created a dance-like marimba pattern to ensure it’d be catchy and playful! Following some additional tweaks and suggestions from our Senior Producer John Kessler, plus a smokin’ bassline, the theme was birthed and history was chirped!
BirdNote is an independent nonprofit funded by our audience, and this week we’re asking for your support, at BirdNote.org. BirdNote has brought a love of birds and nature for over 18 years — and none of it would be possible without donations from our loyal listeners.
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Senior Producer: John Kessler
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Managing Editor: Jazzi Johnson
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
BirdNote’s theme was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2023 BirdNote May/November 2023
Narrator: Ariana Remmel
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