This new chapter of TBOT on Joy has inspired me to slow down and listen a little longer – to birdsong.
Although many of the birds mentioned in the chapter are not native to Singapore or the region, thankfully there’s Youtube. It’s quite amazing really, the variety of songs & calls. So God is the Ultimate Maestro, Composer Extraordinaire too!
“Of special mention is the so-called ‘dawn chorus‘, in which all the local breeding birds join in, heralding the sunrise. … Though towards the end of his (Viscount Grey) life his eyesight was failing, his hearing remained keen, and he loved the summer dawn chorus, which was at its best between three and four o’clock in the morning. ‘Unfortunately’, he wrote, ‘this wonderful opening of the day occurs at an hour when civilised man is either in sleep or suffering from the want of it. In the first case he does not hear the singing; in the second he is in no mood to enjoy it; is, in fact, not worthy of it.'”
“Birds sing for the joy of it, and for the necessary release of emotional energy.”