Sunday morning music

You can blame a grackle for this morning’s selection.  You see, I was working in the garden yesterday afternoon when one flew overhead and dropped a “souvenir” on me.  While I was cleaning up, I thought of the number of times I’ve been dive-bombed in similar fashion.  By far the worst offenders, in my experience at least, have been seagulls:  so, I thought, why not make this morning’s music about them?  (Besides, I can’t find that many songs about grackles!)

Perhaps it’s inevitable that we should begin with an excerpt from Neil Diamond’s music for the movie “Jonathan Livingston Seagull“, based on the best-selling book by Richard Bach.

Next, Joni Mitchell‘s “Song to a Seagull” from her 1968 debut album of the same name.

For a change of pace, here’s South African duo Des and Dawn Lindbergh with “The Seagull’s Name was Nelson”, which was a hit for them in that country in 1971.

Next up, rock group Bad Company didn’t just produce hard rock.  Here’s their acoustic number “Seagull”.  It’s available on several of their albums;  this one’s from “Remastered“.

Finally, let’s have fun with English folk rock supergroup Steeleye Span.  This song, “Seagull”, is from their album “Tempted and Tried“.  This is an extended live version recorded in 2013.  As you can see, even though the group dates back to the 1960’s, they still have a lot of fun together as they grow older.

Fun stuff!  And it’s all due to an incontinent grackle . . .



  1. Yet another welcome to North Texas, Peter. 🙂

    Grackles are also known in my family as s**t birds since flocks tend to "decorate" cars parked outside, especially those parked near trees and power lines. Unfortunately they are protected "songbirds" in the US.

    Wife says it's supposed to be good luck to be pooped on by a bird. She's never worked on a farm…

  2. What? Nothing from 'Flock of Seagulls'?

    Grackles, oh, yeah, almost as bad at purposely pooping on you as vultures or gulls. But their poop smells much better than vultures or gulls, for certain values of 'better.'

    As to what Chris Nelson said above, my father referred to seagulls as 'Flyin S*&t Factories.'

  3. Speaking of Richard Bach, have you or your wife read his "A Gift of Wings"? The man had a gift for storytelling.

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