I had connected a banana speaker cable to our sound system and settled in to listen to music from the past that I'd not heard played for a long time. Tommy Dorsey, Jr, the American jazz trombonist belting out Song of India, sent thrills down my spine. I felt that nothing could equal the sound of well-played horn instruments emitting from quality speakers.
I saw them in the sky, approaching across a long paddock before I heard them with their Song of Australia.
Trumpets from the sky near my country home signal the arrival of the black swans. The variation of their music is orchestral; all be it out of tune to our ears. Perhaps, the initial sounds of the swans, as they approach, could be likened to the tuning up in an orchestra pit.
Black Swans and many other waterfowl produce an incredible diversity of musical sound; all be it with seemingly rusty instruments compared to the quality of sound from trumpets.
As the black swans flew toward us in 'V' formation we heard them announce their arrival into the area, with loud, though somewhat untuned, trumpeting and bugling noise.
As they came closer, we heard baying and the whistling of wingbeats amongst the trumpets and bugle sound.
Then as they flew down toward the lake, crooning sounds permeated the already vibrant orchestration of sound. Surrounding birds, the ducks, ibis, kookaburra, and magpies joined in to close the orchestral symphony with a crescendo.
I stood on the banks of the lake, in awe at the impromptu concert my husband and I had been an audience to. I've never doubted for a moment, that it was the sounds of nature that inspired humans to create musical instruments.
Musicians congregate, as birds do, and share the pleasure of creative sound mixing and bring us the listening pleasure of refined instruments, played in tune and harmony.
Humans can lift the notes of the trumpet and other instruments into a majestic sound that has been likened to the call of angel trumpets. Why nature has even shown us the designs for our musical instruments.
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