Tuesday, July 19, 2005
The Lord God Bird
I swear. Last Sufjan Stevens link.

This one is just too bizarre to not share.

This is from NPR.com:
Independent radio producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister were curious about how Stevens writes his songs, which, much like their own work, are filled with stories of places and people. So, they introduced Stevens to the Arkansas town of Brinkley.

Brinkley is a small farming town not far from where the ivory-billed woodpecker recently was rediscovered. News that the bird is not extinct has brought a ray of hope to the residents of Brinkley.

Producers Collison and Meister spoke with people in the town, then shared the interviews with Stevens. He wrote a song about the ivory-bill, known as the "lord god" or "great god" bird because of its breathtaking appearance. Together, they offer a portrait of Brinkley in word and song.

You can listen to the whole NPR segment here from their site and download the NPR exclusive "Lord God Bird" here.

posted by Peter at 4:18 PM
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