It\u2019s been easy (laughter). It was just the right time in terms of overall trajectory for our lives. When I was younger I wouldn\u2019t have thought I wanted to live outside the city. I was too interested in being able to go to concerts at the Empty Bottle or to catch movies in theaters. I\u2019m glad I did those things and had that life trajectory but I\u2019m happy to be outside of it now.
There\u2019s a lot that\u2019s impossible to know about this short LP because the information simply isn\u2019t present. First of which, where these recordings were made and who made them. You can work out that at least some of these recordings of birds come from France, simply because a parrot can be heard repeating a person saying \u201Cbonjour, coco\u201D on one of the tracks. If these recordings were made for research or pleasure, the packaging doesn\u2019t say. The date of release isn\u2019t even possible to figure out, with the year of 1955 listed on Discogs being nothing more than an estimate based on adjacent releases in the La Voix De Son Ma\u00EEtre catalog. I don\u2019t even know where the LP came from\u2014some guy on a torrent site found it by chance and ripped it, knowing nothing of its provenance himself. I held on to these files for years not only because they\u2019re pretty, but because I think these moments in time are worth preserving. I became protective of this record because someone decided to preserve its contents on a whim, and because everyone else that downloaded it almost surely forgot about it. I can\u2019t tell you a thing about why it should matter, and that\u2019s why it matters so much to me. \u2014Shy Thompson 2b1af7f3a8