Gathering Yourself Up as the Loose Leaves Fall

SongNotes from the Birds is a collection of songs and articles, issued each month by Nathan and Naomi Bird via blog posts, emails, and good old-fashioned mailboxes.  Nathan sings.  Naomi accompanies on piano.

leaves hang on rope
Photo by Designecologist on

Fall is upon us.  For us here in the Bird home (Minnesota, USA) this means three things:

Long drives to look at leaves (heading out on one with the family today!), Lots of cups of tea to warm up (heading for number three now!), and so many pieces of paper capturing our thoughts and artwork and homework (don’t look at my desk!).

With affection for these things, October has followed the theme: Loose Leaves.

(Get it?…loose leaves falling….loose leaf paper….loose leaf tea? ? We love corny 🙂

Honestly, though, there is something about this season, with all it’s changes and busyness, that calls one to figure out how to settle down.

Slow down. Calm down. Write down. While the winds are whirling about, find what anchors you. While the cold of winter is looming, cozy up with the people who are precious to you. While you may have a million things flying past on your digital calendars and apps, take a minute to write a real note on real paper to a real live soul who has touched you.

Brew some tea, grab a pad of paper, and mull over the meaning of life as you sit by a window watching the last of the leaves tripping along the ground.

In a trifecta of classic jazz ballads and accompanying writings, Nathan and I present homages to these three favorite features of the fall with the three songs “Autumn Leaves,” “I Could Write a Book,” and “Tea for Two.”

Read. Listen. Sip. Write. Dream. Birds web res (6 of 6)

Happy Fall from the Birds

Below are links to the articles (click the titles to read about each song as well as the recordings to stream.  Instant access to downloadable files of the songs is available to our patrons over at Patreon.

Learning to see the beautiful changes that come from the pain of lost love | Lessons from Autumn Leaves

On Caring to Write Real Paper Notes | “I Could Write a Book”

Three Lessons from hot tea and a WWI song |”Tea for Two”

SN smaller


In the Mail

The CDs and magazines will be on their way soon to folks who prefer to enjoy this with less technology involved.   Anyone come to mind? Click here to make a submission to the wish list.

Check out the options for giving and sending SongNotes over on our Patreon page (click) If you would rather support by check than online, click this link: SongNotes Subscription and Patron Options

Made possible by our patrons

Thank you to our generous friends who support SongNotes from the Birds each month via Patreon and subscriptions.  October’s supporters include:

Mark and Martha S, Melinda K, Angela F, Sarah N, Paul and Mary J, Christy J, Heidi C, Bonnita M, Joanne C, Andrew B, Elaine and Gary B, Al and Dawn F, Jeffrey K, Lila O, Kris K, Craig A, Wanda L, Howie F, Tom and Pat T, Betty F, Nate F, Mark and Gretchen W, David and Traci P, Phil and Barb B, Tom and Marilyn G, Jim B, Becky M, Roger and Betty Y, Mark and Kathy T