In this computer age of digital overload, I am very happy to say that I have an overflowing abundance of natural free bird songs right outside my window. I live at the edge of a huge, heavily forested park, on the Pacific coast of Canada. Between me and the park, there are a multitude of birds which chirp in response to each other throughout the day, beginning with a songbird symphony at sunrise and ending with a chorus of songbird soliloquys at sunset.
As a part of my morning routine, upon placing my fingers on the piano keys, without fail, a full chorus of birds immediately bursts into song. They are perched right up above me on a rooftop ledge outside the window of my music studio. After about four bars, without fail, they settle into a background chirping, tuning into each other rhythmically and melodically as they provide the accompaniment to the piano sounds drifting upwards.
According to Token Rock Sound Center author, Stuart Mitchell, “Every cell of our bodies, heart, and mind have grown up with the Earth’s heart beats and being in harmony keeps all that is alive on Earth healthy. It is an essential program deep in the DNA code that maintains stability and growth of each species. So it becomes understandable now why the animals have such a ‘perfect pitch’, because their DNA is a biological music instrument that tunes itself to its planetary environment in order to develop and survive.”
Is it also possible that the more we align to the natural sounds of the earth, like natural, free birds songs from our immediate surroundings, spend more time in nature, and lean towards listening to purer, more symmetrical and fully resonating music that we add to the health of the planet and the survival of our species as well? Especially in this day of overwhelming amounts of digital information, it’s worth taking into consideration.