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I hear you, Mr Blackbird

Jenkins, Hayley (2020) I hear you, Mr Blackbird. [Composition]

Item Type: Composition

Abstract

When lockdown was announced on March 23rd, 2020 in an emergency response
to the COVID-19 epidemic, no one quite anticipated how our everyday lives
would change. Some things changed for the worse. Small businesses, freelance workers
like musicians, were left with huge uncertainties about finance and key workers
were doing their best to hold emergency services together with limited resources;
often at a great risk to their own health and their families.

However, some things changed for the better. Namely nature reclaiming the space
that consumerism and busy 50hr work weeks left behind. The air quality improved,
people started to value outdoor recreation and exercise and for many, birdsong returned
to the soundscape of their world.

I, for one, am very lucky. I have a garden and regularly enjoy the sound of my resident
blackbird singing his little song. However, I realise, for some, this is the first time they
have heard his joyous efforts and had the time to acknowledge how this has always
been his stage. We just weren't listening.

The piece is in two parts;

1. Before March 23rd, 2020
This captures the hectic sonic chaos of everyday lives before Lockdown was announced.
There is no space here for Mr Blackbird's song to be heard or appreciated and our ears are
left ringing with the hustle and bustle of the day's activities.

2. After March 23rd, 2020
Here Mr Blackbird's sonorous song comes to us and our lives finally join the song of nature.
The piece unravels to form a duet between human and blackbird, as he finally introduces
us to spring and its beauty.

[img] PDF (Score for Piano and Soundtrack)
I hear you, Mr Blackbird - Full Score.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to Registered users only until 22 May 2023.
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.

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[img] Audio (MP3) (I hear you, Mr Blackbird Part 1)
3bVOKvSBvZMfmOGXAgK3jH_si=be3c801eb85544f1 - Published Version
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[img] Audio (MP3) (I hear you, Mr Blackbird Part 2)
3P95xBnsK93OslwTl5KVCS_si=407ca694de224f35 - Published Version
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Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.

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[img] HTML (CONTEMPORARY PIANO SOUNDBITES: Lockdown)
index.html - Presentation
Restricted to Registered users only until 22 March 2023.
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Depositing User: Hayley Jenkins

Identifiers

Item ID: 14907
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/14907
Official URL: https://open.spotify.com/album/4YJ108qFeGhUVFAC5l2...

Users with ORCIDS

ORCID for Hayley Jenkins: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8041-6764

Catalogue record

Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2022 13:30
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2022 13:30

Contributors

Author: Hayley Jenkins ORCID iD

University Divisions

Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries

Subjects

Performing Arts > Music

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