Happy Poetry Friday, all! Robyn Hood Black is hosting this week’s gathering on her blog, Life on the Deckle Edge. Won’t you join us there? Robyn is sharing some lovely Scottish memories as well as a few bird-related treats. My offerings this week share an avian connection — two blue herons.
Blue Heron #1 — Here in the Boston area — Cambridge, to be exact — we are blessed with a vibrant early music scene. One particular resident vocal ensemble, Blue Heron, has been getting loads of well-deserved attention lately. This is in part because in 2018 their CD, Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks Vol. 5, won a Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music, the British equivalent to a Grammy! (Click here to have a listen.) It is now part of a boxed set, The Lost Music of Canterbury.
I have been mesmerized by polyphonic Renaissance choral music since I was a child, and had the good fortune to be selected to sing in several small groups dedicated to this style beginning in Middle School and straight through until after I had graduated from college. To this day, listening to this music still sends chills down my spine. My husband and I wait eagerly for the next concert in Blue Heron’s subscription series the minute one performance ends. (Note: For those of you in the NYC area, they perform there quite often!)
And why did they choose Blue Heron for their name? This from their website: “Someone once mentioned to us a medieval legend which had it that the heron was the only bird that sang in parts, but we have been unable to substantiate the tale.” Fact or fiction? Who knows, but it makes for a terrific tale. And it leads me to…
Blue Heron #2 — My companion Great Blue Heron was found on the shores of Ithaca’s Sapsucker Pond on the campus of Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology. I had the great privilege to spend a week there last summer, studying with other science educators. The Great Blue Heron is a favorite bird of mine. This one in particular, who made an almost daily appearance, inspired several haiku which I’ve dusted off to share today as a side dish to the main course.
P.S. If you live near Providence, Seattle, or Vancouver, Blue Heron (the singers, that is) is headed your way!
Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. I hope you’ll join us on this Poetry Friday by posting a bit of poetry — your’s or someone else’s — and leaving a comment here or there.