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In How Music Works, David Byrne cites some scientifically controversial theories suggesting that music is a spontaneous rather than adaptive phenomenon and birds sing simply because they enjoy singing. At the front lines of the joy theory of bird song is new-age philosopher and jazz musician David Rothenberg, who argues that bird song has the formal properties of music and, just like human music, is motivated by pleasure
Why shouldn’t they be singing for pleasure? Who are we to assume that this kind of animal doesn’t experience joy?
Whether or not your fully subscribe to Rothenberg’s theories, his book comes with a twelve-track music compilation, which alone is more than worth it — a mesmerizing mashup of natural birdsong and virtuosic instrumentation.
Originally posted by Nettlas
I don´t want to derail the thread, but I thought it was kinda funny that this was posted as I too thought about something about bird the other day. They say bird developed wing because of the dangers of predators on the ground. But then, why havn´t all animals on the planet developed wings? We all have to worry about predators on the ground, not humans anymoren, but in the cradle of human history we certinley had to.
And yes I belive in evolution.
Originally posted by caladonea
reply to post by happykat39
I think one of the reasons for birds singing...is to cheer up humanity. Every spring I open my windows to the courtyard and listen to their sweet songs. It cheers me right up and I feel so relaxed too.
The singing of birds is one of natures gifts to us.
I don´t want to derail the thread, but I thought it was kinda funny that this was posted as I too thought about something about bird the other day.