This episode is 'For The Birds' : All Songs Considered A massive new collection of more than 240 songs and spoken word recordings — all about birds — features work from Andrew Bird, Kamasi Washington, Laurie Anderson, Alice Coltrane, Cassandra Jenkins, Yo-Yo Ma, Beck and more.

This episode is 'For The Birds'

This episode is 'For The Birds'

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When the pandemic first hit, Randall Poster, a New York City resident, noticed not only the hush of the city, but became hyper-aware of the birds in his neighborhood.

His colleague and executive producer, Rebecca Reagan had an idea to invite artists and musicians to create music built around birdsongs and to celebrate the beauty in birdsong while also raising awareness of the various crisis facing bird life.

Randall Poster, a music supervisor for filmmakers, including Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese, began to reach out to the various artists in his musical world to see if there was interest in creating songs and audio based around birds. Their project, For the Birds: The Birdsong Project is a collection of 242 new original songs and poems about birds by artists from all walks of life, including Laurie Anderson, John Cale, Alice Coltrane, Cassandra Jenkins, Yo-Yo Ma, Nick Zinner, Beck, The Flaming Lips, Terry Riley and of course Andrew Bird and Jeff Tweedy. Today on All Songs Considered, I've got a conversation with Randall Poster along with music from this amazing, mammoth project.

You can see a complete list of contributions, and hear all the songs in this collection at the Birdsong Project website.

Songs and artists featured on this episode: