Music in the air and in the archives

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Into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry vaults each year go carefully selected audio files — musical, cultural or aesthetic moments important to American culture and history.  This year the Library added Marian Anderson’s concert at the Lincoln Memorial; the West Side Story original Broadway cast recording; John Lee Hooker’s Boogie Chillen….and the song of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker!  Once thought extinct, the woodpecker’s distinct honking song was recorded in 1935 and the bird was last spotted in Arkansas.

Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Color engraving by R. Havell, after drawing by John J. Audubon. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Color engraving by R. Havell, after drawing by John J. Audubon. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Here’s a little musical sandwich for you courtesy of the Library.  These are just short clips from longer works but it’s what’s available at the LoC press page.  Notice how musical the woodpecker’s song it–it holds its own in this good company.  Read more about the elusive woodpecker here.  Apparently there have been sightings but no photos and there’s actually a reward for leading scientists to the bird.

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