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The Meadowlark and Water Ouzel - featuring Gordon Hempton

Their songs deliver a joyful concert!
© Matthew Paulson/Eugene Beckes View Large

Gordon Hempton, the Soundtracker, likens the joy he feels after a day of recording Western Meadowlarks (their eastern cousin is seen here on the left...) to the experience of John Muir, who knew individual American Dippers (also known as Water Ouzels; seen here on the right) by their songs. Gordon says Muir “gives a description of the Ouzel that goes on and on. It’s painted like this mythical, sonic creature; the darling of mountain streams. But he had his favorite individual Ouzel that he knew over a period of years and would go to listen to his concert.”

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BirdNote®

The Meadowlark and the Water Ouzel

Featuring Gordon Hempton

Interviewed by Todd Peterson and written by Chris Peterson

This is BirdNote!

[Song of Western Meadowlark] 

The Western Meadowlark and the American Dipper, or Water Ouzel…

[Song of the Ouzel] …Gordon Hempton, the Soundtracker, at QuietPlanet.com has recorded them both. [Song of Western Meadowlark]

“There are so many tunes that I’ve heard after recording the Meadowlark where its echo bounces off the sides of the valley, and it’s just so beautiful and then I push ‘Stop.’ My day is over. The sun is up. The wind has started to blow a little bit. The acoustics are breaking down. So, you know, now I’m free just to stand up and just feel the joy. I can whistle back to the Meadowlark and we can go into concert together…”

[Song of Western Meadowlark]

[Introduce sound of stream] John Muir, Hempton says, knew specific Water Ouzels by their songs.  [Song of American Dipper/Water Ouzel]

“He gives this description of the Ouzel that goes on and on. It’s painted like this mythical, sonic creature; the darling of mountain streams. [Ouzel singing] But he had his favorite individual Ouzel that he knew over a period of years and would go to listen to his concert.”

[Song of American Dipper/Water Ouzel] 

Listen again at birdnote.org. [Reprise Meadowlark + Water Ouzel]

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The soundscapes featured in today’s show were recorded by Gordon Hempton and provided courtesy of QuietPlanet.com.   

BirdNote's theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.

Producer: John Kessler

Executive Producer: Chris Peterson

© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org    June 2017   Narrator: Michael Stein

ID: hemptong-05-2014-06-20 hemptong-05 Marantz V Track 93

http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/writings/the_mountains_of_ca...

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