The idea for "Little Bird" actually came to me years ago when first I read the poem "Self Pity" by D.H. Lawrence, but the song did not become concrete until I watched a friend go through a really difficult time.  Though most of us cannot even imagine the circumstances that came together and created this time for her, I never saw her engage in any self pity. I thought to myself, she IS Little Bird, and I sat down at the piano and wrote the song for her. The lyrics are self explanatory.  The whistle part is constantly moving and is meant to represent what I thought a small bird's wings might look like if one wing were broken and yet, the bird continued to try and fly. The whistle tune does seem a little frantic juxtaposed against the vocals, but if you think about what flight is to a bird - it is their way of being - you can imagine how frantic a bird might become if the ability to fly became compromised.  The amazing thing about my friend is that outwardly, I never saw a frantic attempt to do anything though I am sure she may have felt this way on the inside.  At the end of the song the listener will hear an additional whistle tune.  It is more melodic & plaintive, and this is the birdsong of my friend - and it "carries on" despite the frantic nature of the other whistle part and the lead guitar. I can best explain it if I borrow an idea from Maya Angelou - even a wounded bird will still sing. The singing is as much a way of being as the flying.  If any one idea from the song sums up the strength of my friend, this is probably it - "Still you rise though you're tired and your broken wings take you higher."  I don't know for sure, but maybe we are all stronger where the broken places have been pieced back together again. And yes, she does know the song was written for her.

 

 

Leave a comment:

  •  

Follow Finding Butterflies

YouTube -- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtZCyRRojUDQTULoUK5PjJQ Twitter -- https://twitter.com/_ButterflyMusic Instagram -- https://www.instagram.com/finding_butterflies/ Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/FindingButterflies/

Listen on Apple Music

Listen on Jango

Follow on Spotify

Finding Butterflies on iTunes

We'll Remember ~ The Video

Latest Release ~ Naming Dead Cats