In November 2020, I shared with you a song by the American transcendental folk band Elephant Revival.
When active, the group based itself in Nederland, Colorado, a beautiful little town I spent time in with some friends in the summer of 2012. My sweety and I have come to know many people in the vicinity of Boulder and Denver, and I’m intrigued by the creativity that the area seems to nurture in music, poetry and spirituality. I want to go back there someday.
Since sharing “Hello You Who,” I’ve often thought of Elephant Revival’s unique sound and wanted to share another of these talented musicians’ songs with you.
The title and “Birds and Stars” attracted me as it mentions two things I love to gaze at. The song is a lovely piece with beautiful harmonies and features singer Bonnie Paine playing the washboard. The video performance of “Birds and Stars” comes from their fifth release, Sands of Now, a live CD-DVD set recorded at the Boulder Theater. (The song originally appeared on their 2013 studio album, These Changing Skies.)
Thinking of the song title and lyrics reminds me of a night last summer when Sweety and I drove out to Birds Hill Provincial Park to get away from the city lights hoping to see the Perseid meteor shower. We lay on the ground for so long just looking up at the vastness of the heavens… a blissful time of peaceful silence together, followed by an ice-cream cone during the drive home.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the video of the live performance at the Boulder Theater, from Elephant Revival’s official YouTube channel:
Full official lyrics are available on the band website.