Rob & Jame's Update:
Imagine walking along the street and spotting your crush across the way. Today is a take action kind of day you think so you call their name… just as a fire engine roars down the street completely swallowing your voice. Oh, the frustration!
You try again only this time a chattering tour group decides to share the sidewalk. Not to be foiled again you raise your voice so you can be heard over the crowd. Did you call loud enough, or does crush never look up at you, and you go on to live life sad and alone.?
Perhaps a bit dramatic but maybe that’s what it feels like to go through the day as a bird in the city trying to find a mate. Just like people, some birds, like nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos), increase the volume of their song when competing with higher levels of noise. Others like great tits (Parus major) sing at a higher pitch so their mating calls can be heard over the lower rumbling noise of the city. (Slabbekoorn and Peet 2003)
Right now Jame is looking for music that reminds her of the buzz of the city and more quiet nature sounds. Some songs under consideration are:
NEW DORP. NEW YORK by SBTRKT (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs0xe9DQEPc)
Nightengale by Yanni (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_B8H956-rg).
Back in his hometown of Providence, RI, Rob used to play trumpet in the What Cheer? Brigade, a 20 piece brass and drum band. They make some vibrant music, and he’ll add one of their songs to the mix:
Saiyan Re Saiyan by What Cheer? Brigade (http://www.whatcheerbrigade.com/music/)
Do you have a song that reminds you of your city? Leave a comment and let us know.