Monday, August 15, 2011

Quote o' the Moment - In Which I Begrudgingly Accept The State Bird of Texas as Totem and Muse

"Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they are born with a song of their own, and innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mockingbirds aren't content to merely play the hand that is dealt them. Like all artists, they are out to rearrange reality. Innovative, willful, daring, not bound by the rules to which others may blindly adhere, the mockingbird collects snatches of birdsong from this tree and that field, appropriates them, places them in new and unexpected contexts, recreates the world from the world. For example, a mockingbird in South Carolina was heard to blend the songs of thirty-two different kinds of birds into a ten-minute performance, a virtuoso display that served no practical purpose, falling, therefore, into the realm of pure art."

-Tom Robbins

3 comments:

Brother Christopher said...

vicious rats with wings!!!

Of course, there is a debate about what makes music and song. Do birds really sing? or is it just sound they are producing because they don't have the more refined understanding of music?

knottybynature said...

Think of it as 'freeform jazz'.

Shareen said...

Amazing!