Friday, April 25, 2014


High Valley Summer Bluebird - Susan Bourdet
The Bluebird
John Burroughs
A wistful note from out the sky,
“Pure, pure, pure,” in plaintive tone,
As if the wand’rer were alone,
And hardly knew to sing or cry.
But now a flash of eager wing,
Flitting, twinkling by the wall,
And pleading sweet and am’rous call,–
Ah, now I know his heart doth sing!
O bluebird, welcome back again,
Thy azure coat and ruddy vest
Are hues that April loveth best,–
Warm skies above the furrowed plain.
The farm boy hears thy tender voice,
And visions come of crystal days,
With sugar-camps in maple ways,
And scenes that make his heart rejoice.
The lucid smoke drifts on the breeze,
The steaming pans are mantling white,
And thy blue wing’s a joyous sight,
Among the brown and leafless trees.
Now loosened currents glance and run,
And buckets shine on sturdy boles,
The forest folk peep from their holes,
And work is play from sun to sun.
The Downy beats his sounding limb,
The nuthatch pipes his nasal call,
And robin perched on treetop tall
Heavenward lifts his evening hymn.
Now go and bring thy homesick bride,
Persuade her here is just the place
To build a home and found a race
In Downy’s cell, my lodge beside.
Vintage Bluebird Postcard

Spring Courtship - Fred Weiser
And when he sings to you,
Though you're deep in blue,
You will see a ray of light creep through,
And so remember this,
life is no abyss,
Somewhere there's a bluebird of happiness.
Life is sweet,
tender and complete,
when you find the bluebird of happiness.

Edward Heyman & Harry Parr Davies
Bluebird of Happiness  1934

Spring at the Tiptons - Fred Weiser
Vintgage Bluebird Postcard
 One Hit Wonders of 1957


Marvin Rainwater
Gonna Find Me a Bluebird
 Known for wearing Native American-themed
 outfits on stage and was 25 percent Cherokee.
The song became a big country-pop crossover hit,
making Rainwater among the first country
singers to appeal to a pop market.
 Reached No. 5 on the country chart
 and 18 on the pop chart.
It sold one million copies by 1957,
and gave Rainwater his first gold record.
Marvin Rainwater - 1957
As long as there are bluebirds,
there will be miracles and a
way to find happiness.
Shirl Brunnel
I Hear Bluebirds 1984
Mr. and Mrs. Blue - Fred Weiser
 Blue skies
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see
Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long
Irving Berlin
Blue Skies 1927

Bonnie Guitar
Dark Moon
 Became one of the first female country
music singers to have hit songs cross over
 from the country charts to the pop charts.
Hit the pop top 10 list and went
into the country top 15 list.
Guitar officially had a hit.
(Guitar is her stage name)
Bonnie Guitar - 1957

The Bluebird, shifting his light load of song
From post to post along the cheerless fence...
James Russell Lowell
Under the Willows
In the Old Orchard - Susan Bourdet
  But there be others, happier few, 
The vagabondish sons of God,
Who know the by-ways and the flowers, 
And care not how the world may plod.
They idle down the traffic lands, 
And loiter through the woods with spring;
To them the glory of the earth 
Is but to hear a bluebird sing.
Bliss Carman
 From The Mendicants

Mickey & Sylvia
Love is Strange
A crossover hit
Noted for its spoken dialogue section.
Peaked at #1 Billboard magazine's
R&B Singles chart and #11 on the Hot 100.
 Was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame
in 1964 for its influence as a rock and roll single.
(Mickey had been Sylvia's guitar teacher.)
Mickey & Sylvia - 1957
Be like the bluebird who never is blue,
For he knows from his upbringing what singing can do.
Cole Porter
Be Like the Bluebird 1934

Bluebirds - Susan Knowles Jordan
Daddy dear, tell me please,
is the world really round?
Tell me where is the bluebird
of happiness found?

Wes Montgomery
Ralph Towner
Spike Jones

Little Child (Mon Enfant)

The Bobbettes
Mr. Lee
This song made them the first girl 
group to have a #1 R&B hit and a 
Top 10 American Pop hit.
#6 on the Billboard Pop singles chart, 
remaining for twenty-four weeks,
 and spending four weeks at #1 
on the R&B chart.
The Bobbettes - 1957

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
Henry David Thoreau
Journal  April 3, 1852 

Bluebird in Spring - Barbara Ann Robertson
Gone away is the bluebird
Richard B. Smith
lyrics of Winter Wonderland  1934

Thurston Harris
Little Bitty Pretty One
Reached No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100
 and No. 2 on the R&B chart.
Sold over one million records, 
achieving gold disc status.Thurston Harris - 1957
A bluebird, famous for the scrap of sky
Borne on his back - an indigo so bright
That just a glimpse of his distinctive flight,
All swoop and flurry, captivates the eye ...
George Bradley
 New Yorker, p. 146, Mar. 19, 2001 

Baby Bluebirds - Don Edwards
Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder,
It's the truth,
it's actual,
Ev'rything is satisfactual,
Wonderful feeling,
wonderful day...
Ray Gilbert
from the film The Song of the South 1945
Summer Meadow Western Bluebird - Susan Bourdet
The Last Word of the Blue Bird
 Robert Frost
(as Told to a Child)
As I went out a Crow
In a low voice said, "Oh,
I was looking for you.
How do you do?
I just came to tell you
To tell Lesley (will you?)
That her little Bluebird
Wanted me to bring word
That the north wind last night
That made the stars bright
And made ice on the trough
Almost made him cough
His tail feathers off.
He just had to fly!
But he sent her Good-by,
And said to be good,
And wear her red hood,
And look for the skunk tracks
In the snow with an ax-
And do everything!
And perhaps in the spring
He would come back and sing."

The Last Word of the Bluebird 
Robert Frost
Vintage Bluebird Postcard
Please excuse my dirty house
I know it is a mess
I don't have time to clean right now
I have a bluebird nest ....
Cherie Layton
The Bluebird Nut  2005

Redbuds and Bluebirds - Fred Weiser

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