You would have loved these owls
by Emma
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Snake Poems

Nathaniel Russell - "It Is Hard To Be Good"
Nathaniel Russell - "Run To A Loving One"

Last night my friend told me a story about this job he used to have in California, measuring owls and then letting them go. You can put owls to sleep by petting them between the eyes, he told me, or you can calm them down by putting them in small tins, because owls like to be in tight spaces. My friend said that his boss was one of thirteen adults in the world who could speak owl really well. He could go into the forest, listen for a few seconds, and then tell you how many owls there were in there. "Six owls tonight," said my friend, doing an impression of his boss in the night.

Outside, adults in elaborate costumes were moving in drifts from one side of the block to the other: guy in dinosaur suit, guy in cartoon mask with a bloody tinfoil machete, women with all kinds of wigs, laughing and screaming. Across the street, in the place with all the sensory deprivation tanks, a shadowy figure checked its email. Next door, in the dentist's office, we could see a video of a turtle moving very very slowly. Then a hundred birds all taking off into the sky at the same time.

(Image and songs are by Nathaniel Russell. Buy Sunlight here, and look at his amazing art here.)

Posted by Emma at October 29, 2017 2:10 PM

Came across the camera videos from 2015 .. on a computer .. so I uploaded ..

Posted by Indie Media Eastcoast at November 13, 2017 9:32 AM

Thanks for this. I always enjoy your picks. The longest running yearly list of tunes I count on. I always find new songs and artists to love and buy. Some are immediate, and I get 'em on first play. Some take deeper listens, because hmmmm STG liked this so what makes this special? Can't say finding special is always easy. Subtleties and sounds of some songs might need the right mood to land. Where am I going with this?! A long-winded thanks I guess. There are fewer blogs doing this now and I wanted to step out of the weeds to express appreciation for the work you all do to keep this going.

Posted by Kris at February 16, 2018 8:54 PM

I didn't know he made music. I love this a lot and needed to hear it today, right now. Thank you.

Posted by julia at April 19, 2018 11:46 AM

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