Have you ever seen a flock of birds sitting on electrical wires and thought – that looks like a bunch of musical notes! Me neither, but then again, I’m a writer not a musician.
Now that I think about it though, birds sitting on wires really do look like musical notes. So, it’s not much of a surprise that musician Jarbas Agnelli was inspired to create a song using the exact positioning of birds on electrical wires.
Agnelli was reading the newspaper when he saw a photo of birds lined up on a series of electric wires. He decided to cut out the photo and take a closer look, curious as to what sort of melody the birds were unknowingly creating.
This was the original photograph of the birds hanging out on the wires:
“I saw this picture of birds on the electric wires,” Agnelli explained. “So I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.”
After realizing the song was actually quite good, Agnelli sent it over to the photo’s photographer, Paulo Pinto. He shared the interesting find with his editor, who then told a reporter.
The catchy story and song landed Agnelli an interview with the newspaper. It also made him the winner of the YouTube Play Guggenheim Biennial Festival.
Take a listen to the song for yourself, it’s quite impressive how amazing ‘the birds on a wire’ sound!
As you can see in the above video, Agnelli has performed the song “Birds on a Wire” in front of a live audience.
So, do you think it’s a subliminal message from the birds – who are some of the best natural song makers to begin with? Or just a beautiful coincidence?
No matter what, it offers proof of the beauty that surrounds us when we take the time to notice.