Personal Narrative

photo of Lang ElliottFor quite some time, I’ve had the idea to post “personal narratives” recorded in the field at various locations, especially right after I’ve snagged very nice recordings or videos. Below is a narrative I recorded on April 22, 2010 at Land Between the Lakes Kentucky, during a recording session at the Nature Station (Nature Center). Let me know what you think (leave comments below). When I head into the field in 2011, should I be posting lots of narratives like this one, which would give you, the reader/listener, a sense of my own experience while in the field?

Lang Elliott talking about sound recording on the morning of April 22, 2010, at the Nature Station in Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky

In the narrative, I mention a number of recordings made at the Nature Station. I’ve posted most of these separately, and here are the links:

Bluebird Dawn
Chipping Sparrow — Commonplace Bird
Cowbird Duet — GurgleSqueak and Chatter

In this post, I’ve decided to add one more recording to the pot—the fee-bee, fee-breetit songs of an Eastern Phoebe, recorded at the same location. Note that he roughly alternates the two song types, one (fee-bee) having a burry ending and the other (fee-breetit) ending with a brief jumble of notes:

An Eastern Phoebe singing at Dawn. 6 am, April 22, 2010 at the Nature Station in the Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky. Recorded by Lang Elliott.


  1. This is really nice. It brings us further into the experience by learning what you know about a certain moment by being there. Beautiful.

  2. I appreciate your taking the time to do this narration. I like knowing what was in the “mind of the recordist” at the time. The recordings themselves are so helpful to me to learn bird song.

  3. Hello Lang, Your personal narrative adds depth to your website and the birdsounds that you have recorded. Our relationship with nature, however it is experienced, I feel is a very personal one. Listening to your personal narrative puts us “there” with you, benefitting from your knowledge, but it also allows us to “feel” the surroundings and thereby experience that moment. I would encourage you to continue to use the personal narrative in your work in the future.

    • Thanks David. Now I just have to figure out how to fit it into a larger picture. Such as posting automatically to Facebook, where I intend to set up a page for The Music of Nature. As you know, there are lots of questions concerning exactly what we’re going to do with . . . we’re definitely still in the formative stage as it concerns the vision and how we intend to sustain the effort.

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