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Re: “Blackbirds dead, not singing, in the night

In another life, I would like to be an ornithologist like Messiaen. I'd like to know hundreds of bird calls by heart, as if it were my second language. More immediately however, I'd like to find out why all those red-winged blackbirds fell from the Arkansas sky by the thousands on New Year's Eve. The paranoid side of me wonders if it is a sign of the apocalypse (perhaps Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' is still too fresh in my mind). It wonders if this mysterious bird killing force will be the bringer of dust for all of us. It is curious that Messiaen not only obsessed over birds, but also the apocalypse, his most famous piece being "Quartet for the End of Time". Did he have some prophetic wisdom? Oh Messiaen, if you were alive, would you be trembling at your piano bench with knowledge that those poor blackbirds' demise will soon be our own?

Posted by Rufus Dumont on 01/15/2011 at 11:26 AM

 

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