The week of birthdays continues! Today is the birthday of the incredibly diverse and talented multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird. Listen to the heart-wrenching and elegant “Imitosis” from his brilliant 2007 album ‘Armchair Apocrypha’:
The strange and fascinating thing that many people don’t know about him is that he got his commercial start by performing on several Squirrel Nut Zippers albums, so suffice to say his solo career and work with the Firebowls was quite a departure but a testament to his ability as a musician.
One of my favorite elements of his music is his incredible whistling ability. This wouldn’t be as big of a deal, but not only is his last name bird, but he’s especially phenomenal at it. Want proof? In 2011’s ‘The Muppets’ film, the character Gary has a jaw-dropping performance of whistling a particularly fast and complex piece of classical music. Anybody that has that level of talent deserves plenty of hearty birthday wishes.
Written By Jarad Matula
OurVinyl | Senior Writer