41 seconds of a chickadee (and friends) in the back yard

Each year, when spring springs, Sarah and I rekindle conversation about the song of the black-capped chickadee. I once referred this particular species as a “minor-third bird,” since it’s call, as I heard it, consisted of a descending minor third. Sarah scoffed and said that I should be embarrassed. “It is clearly a descending major […]

32 seconds of clashing music at the Potsdam Fall Festival

Potsdam, it seems, has a “Fall Festival” now. I don’t know much about its provenance, but I assume it’s just the latest in a series of half-assed events organized by the chamber of commerce as an opportunity for stores to sell their shit outside instead of inside and for local “craftspeople” to re-sell some shit […]

42 seconds of Otis singing in the shower

Live accompaniment or not, Otis was VERY excited about his winter concert. He was singing all of the songs for months leading up to the concert and continued to sing them for quite some time after (as evidenced by this session in the shower before bed).

78 seconds of the kindergarten winter concert

I’m not certain, but I’m pretty sure we didn’t just sing along with recordings when I was an elementary school kid in a concert. But that’s what they seem to do exclusively at Otis’s school. Whatever. It’s fine. But it does lead to situations where the voices and recording are wildly out of sync with […]

119 seconds of car sounds recorded under the Champlain Bridge

On one of our many trips down to Western Mass., we made a stop at Fort Crown Pt. to stretch our legs. The weather was perfect, so we spent some time walking around the old ruins. At one point, Otis and I decided to hop over one of the stone walls and explore under the […]

33 seconds of talking to Otis on a tin can phone

I think the seed was planted when we read something in a book. I changed a dinner plan to use some canned beans and cleaned the receptacles when we were done. I poked holes in the bottom and used a long length of brown hemp twine to connect the cans. We took them outside for […]

88 seconds of Juniper waking up from a long nap

I took a long nap. Juniper did the same. I’m a light sleeper and woke up when I heard her talking to herself in her crib. I figured I’d record the conversation for posterity, but she got a little shy when I came in.