Haachen'ar ("Hunter")

A New Cynegetics

"The Language of Birds" from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and co. Nod to the Northern Cardinal and my "friend" the Northern Mockingbird, especially. Part of the Language of the Prophets, ala Ohlone-Costanoan-Esselen poet Deborah Miranda.

"The Boy Who Stole Your Heart" by swell guy and songwriter, Scott Reynolds, formerly of pop-punk powerhouse ALL. Here his portrait of small-town adolescent pining, part of any human ontogeny. I know foragers don’t sweat premarital sex but some, like the Australians, also seem to consider young women taboo to young men during time of initiation or "ceremony."

Creedence Clearwater Revival singing their classic “Born on the Bayou” (1969). More like Born by the Bay for these native Californians, but Fogerty always was a sharp student of Rock n Roll tropes, recognizing the roots of the genre in the pollination of Chess Records’ rhythm and blues and Sun Records’ rockabilly. He even gives a nod to Rock’s unofficial religion, the syncretic Hoodoo.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers’ “Jubilation Day,” from their record “Rare Bird Alert,” a phrase birders will surely recognize.

"Cripple Crow" by freak-folkster Devendra Banhart, from his album by the same name.

Western Art—A Never-Ending Closed Loop

"Unlike the Ba’Aka’s music, Western song hasn’t been inspired by the biophony for thousands of years. Rather, like many of our art forms, our music is self-referential—we continuously draw on what has already been done, traversing a never-ending closed loop that turns in on itself like a snake devouring its own tail. We have thrown everything at the medium—electronics, mathematically structured scales and composition, logic, emotion, religious constraints, combinations of instruments, indiscriminate source materials (such as sound samples of birds, mammals, vacuums, cannons, city ambience, and banging trash cans)—and yet true holistic connections to the soundscapes of the wild have hardly been tapped as sources of inspiration."

—Krause, “The Great Animal Orchestra”

"U Piscispada" by Sicilian troubadour Domenico Modugno, in an exquisitely animated music video. I bet the Mediterranean swordfish hunt is as prehistoric and prestigious as its California Indian counterpart.

"Take Pills" by Animal Collective’s Panda Bear, on post-traumatic growth and he and his mother (not) taking pills.

"Two Rivers" (1985) by Meat Puppets, as their sound meanders thru the desert.

"Swimming Ground" (1985) by Arizona-bred psychedelic survivalists Meat Puppets, with water understandably on the brain.