I am listening to "Catching A Tiger" by Lissie, and probably my favorite song on this album "Cuckoo" and I will use it to close this playlist. It also made me think of this wonderful poignant poem by my great friend Les, who tells me that she can't write poetry, but check out all this wonderful poetry of hers, and this one in particular that relates to this playlist.
A lot of these songs relate to birds generically rather than eponymously, but they are all wonderful pieces of music, so come fly with us.
Nelly Furtado - "I'm Like A Bird"
Obviously not a named bird, but I love the orchestration on this and the song song itself. A beautiful chorus, and I do have a least three of her albums in my collection.
Bob Marley & The Wailers - "Three Little Birds"
This is possibly one of the ultimate feel-good songs. I love all of Bob's work but this one just makes me feel really special. I hope it does the same thing for you too.
Stereophonics - "Fly Like An Eagle"
One of two songs with this title in this playlist. This has some wonderful sentiments about being yourself. If you have never heard it you you should join the two and a half million people (including me) who have watched this beautiful video.
It's A Beautiful Day - White Bird
This is an almost mystical beauty, with some wonderful multiple violin parts overdubbed by David LaFlamme.
It was written by David and Linda LaFlamme. He stated:
Where the 'white bird' thing came from ... We were like caged birds in that attic. We had no money, no transportation, and the weather was miserable. We were just barely getting by on a very small food allowance provided to us. It was quite an experience, but it was very creative in a way.
Rossini - Overture from "La Gazza Ladra" (The Thieving Magpie)
Just a short bit of fun from some photographs of a stand-off in my back garden ten years ago. We do have a lot of cats and magpies around here.
Fleetwood Mac - "Songbird"
Penned by Christine McVie and sung by Stevie Nicks this is an absolute beauty from the album "Rumours" still sounding as perfect now as on on its release nearly fifty years ago. We recently lost Christine but songs like this ensure her immortality.
The Stranglers - "The Raven"
We needed a raven in here and though it takes it's time to get going, this is a wonderful contribution from The Stranglers.
Steve Miller Band - "Fly Like An Eagle"
The second song with this title in this playlist and with an extended "Space Intro" and is a standard Steve Miller song which was the title track from the album that it first appeared on. When I first heard it I went out and immediately bought the album.
That dates me, these days it would be "so I downloaded the album" but then I had to go out and physically buy the thing, bring it home, and put it on the record player.
ABBA - "Eagle"
I am sorry for the number of Eagles in this list but I had to include this, because I love ABBA and this si a fine song too.
Michael Jackson - "Rockin' Robin"
When this came out I didn't want to like but I couldn't help myself, and it namechecks so many different birds too. This was very close to Michael Jackson's beginning.
Fleetwood Mac ~ Albatross
A beautiful instrumental that is actually quite easy to play. This was based on Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk", a wonderful Peter Green composition.
Ride ~ Seagull
A little more in your face than Fleetwood Mac's "Albatross" but this is a great song by Ride.
Madness - Wings of a Dove
This keeps up the pace, though quite a long intro, but a great slice of ska for your entertainment complete with calypso steel drums.
Lissie - Cuckoo
The song that inspired this playlist. I love the chorus to this just a brilliant song with some amazing lyrics. I hope you enjoy these slices of ornithologically related music.
I walked alone; I never tried to stay in line
I didn't know what I was doing half the time
I didn't know that my life would ever change
I didn't think that anybody felt the same way
And then you came
I fell in love with being defiant
In a pickup truck that roared like a lion
When you're with us, you don't have to be quiet no more