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Tribute to Cynthia Lufkin 1962-2013

An extraordinary friend of birds

Today’s show is dedicated to Cynthia Lufkin, friend of BirdNote, birds, and places important to birds. The music was composed by BirdNote’s Nancy Rumbel, and performed by Nancy on oboe and Eric Tingstad on guitar. The words are drawn from Kentucky poet Wendell Berry’s memorial to a dear friend.

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BirdNote®

Tribute to Cynthia Lufkin 

1962 – 2013

This is BirdNote.

[Selection from “Aria” by Tingstad and Rumbel]

Today’s show is dedicated to Cynthia Lufkin, friend of BirdNote, birds, and places important to birds. The music was composed by BirdNote’s Nancy Rumbel, and performed by Nancy on oboe and Eric Tingstad on guitar. The words are drawn from Kentucky poet Wendell Berry’s memorial to a dear friend.* 

 

She goes free of the earth.

The sun of her last day sets

clear in the sweetness of her liberty.

 

The earth recovers from her dying,

the hallow of her life remaining

in all her death leaves.

 

Radiance knows her.

Grown lighter than breath, she is set free

in our remembering. Grown brighter

than vision she goes dark

into the life of the hill

that holds her peace.

 

She’s hidden among all that is,

and cannot be lost.

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Selections from “Aria” composed BY Nancy Rumbel and played by Nancy Rumbel and Eric Tingstad. American Acoustic album, Narada, 1998. Riparian zone spring birdsong recorded by Gordon Hempton of QuietPlanet.com Nature SFX #116 

Poem by Wendell Berry, “Elegy for Harry Erdman Perry,” Great Occasions: Readings for the Celebration of Birth, Coming-Of-Age, Marriage, and Death, Skinner House Books, 2003. [*We have substituted “she” for “he".]

Producer: John Kessler

Executive Producer: Chris Peterson

© 2013 Tune In to Nature.org  August 2013  Narrator: Mary McCann

ID#  lufkinc-01-2013-08-15 lufkinc-01      

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