bird on a wire

One more bird post, while I’m at it! Back home, in Sweden, the Starling is the harbinger of Spring … just like the Robin is here.

I can’t see a bird, sitting on a wire, without thinking of Leonard Cohen’s song. It has been described as “simultaneously a prayer and an anthem, a kind of “My Way”. Kris Kristofferson once said to Cohen that he wanted the song’s opening line as his epitaph. It was recorded as early as 1968, but strangely enough, I wasn’t introduced to the song until the early 80’s. ‘Strange’ as I’m a big Cohen fan. The first time I ever heard it was with Jenifer Warnes, but for this blog post, I’ve chosen this live version from London 2008, with The Man himself. In a way, I can say that this song actually helped me make a decision to move onΒ — not only geographically — but with my life … from a rather dark period.

21 thoughts on “bird on a wire

  1. Cardinal Guzman

    The photo is spot on. I can’t listen to the song because I’m at work (it’s a quiet day today, which gives me time to check out peoples blogs), but I’ll listen to it when I get home.

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    1. reb

      That’s good, CG — to have a quiet day to start off the week πŸ™‚ Enjoy the song later on … one has to listen rather close to the lyrics..

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  2. magsx2

    Hi,
    What a perfect shot of the bird, it’s like he is not even aware you are there, you must of been very quiet. πŸ™‚
    The song is beautiful, the words and the music.

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    1. reb

      Thank you, Mags! It was very windy … don’t think he heard me — one can even see his feathers are a bit ruffled..

      Yeah, I love that song..

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  3. Juliana

    Starlings here are pests. Along with all blackbirds, grackles, etc. I have no use for them. When I feed birds, the blackbirds of all kinds swarm and chase away all the little birds. We have huge swarms of them in our pastures, hundreds at a time.

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      1. Juliana

        But there was a bird in Sweden that I enjoyed and every one told me it was a pest!!!! I probably would not mind 5 blackbirds. One hundred at a time, I mind.

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        1. reb

          Was it a magpie? Many people don’t like them, because they consider them bullies perhaps… I wouldn’t know. They’re black and white … beautiful!

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          1. Juliana

            I think that was it. I was in a hotel in Karlstad and every morning he would sit on the roof near my open window and sing. About 3am or 4am. I loved it!! I would wake up, listen, and the fall asleep again. Very cool!

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  4. barb19

    Leonard Cohen always gets under my skin – he is superb! I love the words to this song.
    Love the pic of the Starling.

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