“O Sole Mio” – a collaboration to inspire creativity and appreciation


“Here come the suns….” 🙂

Don’t read this unless you like the sun.

We usually don’t convert the full weekly email to a blog post.
This one was just too special though.
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The featured song this week is the Neapolitan song from 1898 – O Sole Mio!  A song that has been performed by such greats as Enrico Caruso and Luciano Pavarotti, this celebratory melody has been the base of songs featured by Tony Martin and Elvis Presley.

Today, it forms the base of the main event for our musical dinner party.  Over the past couple weeks, we have welcomed guests to our virtual feast. First – some yummy drinks to get things going (click for two free songs), then some appetizers and introductions (click to meet a friend of ours), and now we head to the main meal!

We provided the space and the theme.  This week our guests have contributed a “potluck” of sides to share.

In seriousness, I was blown away by the wonderful response to this week’s email and Facebook request for SUNSHINES! My desire was to inspire simple creativity by inviting people to participate in an easy collaborative project. Twenty-two people said, “Yes! Here’s my bit of beauty for you!” 

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I absolutely love anything that fosters a “can-do” spirit regarding creativity and the arts, especially amongst adults.  What you will see below is the result of this shared experience – a collection of suns.  You will see photos and drawings that were recognized as beautiful and shared with the world.

Why sunshine?  O Sole Mio translates to “My Sunshine.”

DSC_0523On July 27 we released the live recording of Nathan Bird, David Walton, and John DeCausmeaker singing “O Sole Mio” at the 2017 A Three Tenor’s Christmas at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.  LISTEN TO THE SAMPLER:


The July Collection is now available for purchase as a single issue! – click here to check it out!

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Below, enjoy our sunshines…

LYRICS of “O Sole Mio”
by Giovanni Capurro
English translation compiled from various sources, listed at end of post

What a beautiful thing is a sunny day,

Linda Kussman - Blinding sun pic
photo: Linda Kussman

The serene air after a thunderstorm

Jeff Krogstad 1
photo: Jeff Krogstad*, Boundary Waters Canoe Area

The fresh air, and a party is already going on…

Paul Johnson 2
photo: Paul Johnson*

what a beautiful thing is a day of sunshine.

Toby Getsch
photo: Toby Getsch


But there is another sun that is more beautiful

Kris Koenigsberg
photo: Kris Koenigsberg*

the sunshine of mine is your bright face

Paige McIntire edited
drawing: Paige McIntire, 5

This sun, my own sun,

Gretchen Waldeland - Nebraska Sunrise over Field
photo: Gretchen Waldeland*

Shines from your face;

Nate Farley sketch of sun
drawing: Nate Farley*

It shines from your face!

Yvonne Kludt - Panama City Beach
photo: Yvonne Kludt, Panama City, FL


There is light coming out of your window

J Gerdes sun through barn
photo: Jonathan Gerdes, Caledonia, MN

a laundress singing and she is bragging

Leah Bird 1
photo: Leah Bird, WA

And while she’s wringing the clothes, hanging them up to dry, and singing,

Tom Getsch of Manny carying cup to sandbox
photo: Tom Getsch*, Minnetonka, MN

There is light coming out of your window

Becky McIntire
photo: Becky McIntire*, Colorado Springs, CO


But there is another sun that is more beautiful

J Gerdes sun and reflection over field
photo: Jonathan Gerdes, Caledonia, MN

the sunshine of mine

Averie Griffis age 11 submitted by Kathy Turgeon - edited
artwork: Averie Griffis, 11, MN, submitted by her grandmother, Kathy Turgeon*

is your bright face

Charlie Bird.jpg
drawing: Charlie Bird, 5

This sun,

Bonnie Goodnough - bigger
photo: Bonnie Goodnough

my own sun,

Linda Kussman - filtered through trees
photo: Linda Kussman


Shines from your face;

sun classroom at church - taken by Remy Rodriguez - inspired by Pat Trautman
photo: Remy Rodriguez, inspired by Pat Trautman*

It shines from your face!

Nate Farley 2
photo: Nate Farley*


When the night comes and the sun goes down

Scott 2
photo: Scott Constable, WA

I almost start feeling melancholy;

Leah Bird 2
photo: Leah Bird, WA

And I would like to remain under your window

J G colorful sunset
photo: Jonathan Gerdes, Caledonia, MN

When night is falling

Roger and Betty
photo: Roger and Betty Young*

and the sun is setting

Scott 4
photo: Scott Constable, WA


But there is another sun that is more beautiful

Paul Johnson 1
photo: Paul Johnson*, MN

the sunshine of mine is your bright face

Trace McIntire
drawing: Trace McIntire, 7

This sun, my own sun,

Mark Waldeland - Nebraska Sky at Sunrise - When Morning Gilds the Skies
photo: Mark Waldeland*, NE sunrise “When Morning Gilds the Skies”

Shines from your face;

Patience - edited
drawing: Patience Bird, 8

It shines from your face!

Craig Anderson
photo: Craig Anderson*, Fort Myers Beach, FL

*denotes members of the “SongNotes from the Birds” music-of-the-month subscription club (more info here)

Thank you again to all of our contributors!
I just love love love how this turned out. 
What do you think?
Comments or questions can be sent to
naomi [at] nathanbird [dot] com 

Spread a little sunshine.  Literally.  We’d love for you to share this!


Lyrics Sources


Speaking of the Three Tenors – tickets are on sale for Christmas 2019! It’s earlier than it’s been the past four years.  Click here to purchase.


More about us:

We are the Birds.
We perform and record songs and write about them.
Nathan sings, Naomi plays piano, and often others are involved in our recordings as well.
We have old souls, and most of our music has been well loved already for many years.

Our goal is to use our music to enrich the lives of seniors – both in age and in spirit! – and cultivate meaningful connections between generations.

>> Here is a sampling of our May collection of garden-inspired songs (including special guest Christy Jones playing ukulele and singing on the last song!) Click to hear the sampler.

Each Saturday we send out a free email that contains a little something thoughtful to ponder, based on a song.  On the last Saturday of the month, we send a sampler of our recordings of all those songs from the month.  Sprinkled throughout these emails we also include fun family anecdotes about our four hatchlings, links to blog posts with behind-the-scenes perks, and info about opportunities to connect more through events or products.

We would love to share our music with more people. AND – some new free bonus tracks will be delivered to our email contacts periodically, so don’t miss that!

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Thanks for reading!

~Nathan and Naomi

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