In honor of our influx of feathered spring visitors* and in a most productive use of a cold, wet May day**, we’d like to share with you a special mix-tape love letter, a Migration Celebration. Ovation and tintinnabulations!
This is along the lines of our annual Agrarian Riddims compilations (for especially enjoyable listening, they are located here: vol.1, vol.2, side C, vol.4, vol.5, and vol.6), so tune in and turn it up. The migration mix-tape is available as a YouTube playlist here, or you can select individual tracks below. This compilation goes out with big ups and special thanks to our friends Tom (reggae) and Greg and Mary Beth (birds).
Migration Celebration riddims mix-tape track list:
The Wisdom Band :: Migration Season
The Silvertones :: Bluebirds Flying Over
Prince Alla :: Jah Jah Bird
Israel Vibration :: Vultures
Sister Nancy :: Pegion Rock
Fat Freddy’s Drop :: Blackbird
Errol Dunkley :: Betcha By Golly Wow
Elijah Prophet :: Mother Nature
The Paragons :: Silver Bird
Derrick Harriott :: Fly Robin, Fly
Winston Groovy :: Yellow Bird
Little Roy :: Black Bird
The Blues Busters :: Wings of a Dove
Teddy Magnus :: Flying Machine
Sherwin Gardner :: Eye on the Sparrow
The Paragons and Rosalyn Sweat :: Blackbird Singing
U-Roy :: Birds of a Feather
Les Migrants :: Hymne aux migrants
and, albeit slightly out of place genre-ly, this one too, DakhaBrakha :: Vesna
With special love and admiration for all our migrant brethren,
Trish and Jeremy
P.S. A few more migration pathways to wander, if you are interested: A fascinating study and amazing photography (a SoDak photographer!) of animal migrations in Yellowstone National Park. Michael McCarthy’s beautiful book The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy. Bernd Heinrich’s Homing Instinct, Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration. And, if you are able and inclined, consider supporting this salient humanitarian aid organization doing work in support of migrants in the Mexico-US borderlands. (ALSO! 6/13/2019 edited to add:: this article just published in the NYTimes, These Animal Migrations are Huge – and Invisible by Carl Zimmer)
*In the last two days new visitors include a House Wren, Swainson’s Thrushes, a Harris’s Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Common Yellowthroats, an Empidonax Flycatcher, a Loggerhead Shrike, Yellow Warblers, a pair of Spotted Towhees, Brewer’s Sparrows, two Mourning Doves, and our first on-farm American Kestrel.
**In other words, we took a deviation from vegetation cultivation and had a vacation simulation which has improved our inclination for motivation.