For years I was able to rise at exactly 7:00 AM. I had my trusty clock radio's time set perfectly so that it would turn on a few seconds after 0700 tuned to the local public radio affiliate, which carried Robert J. Lurtsema's Morning Pro Musica. For those who remember the show, he began each morning with about a minute and a half of bird song, at which point the theme music of the day (there were seven, one for each day of the week) would slowly build in, as the birdsong slowly waned (a long crossfade, I suppose).
What a way to rise! I was reminded the other morning when my sweetie set an alarm on her smartphone and had some grating klaxon horn as the sound. I jumped up in an instant, ready to divedivedive and man the torpedoes! What a terrible way to greet the morning. I was reminded of a better way, and told her I was going to find the Morning Pro Musica intro to load onto her phone.
Apparently not a single recording of his intros exists!
Fortunately, there are others who remember the experience fondly, and one person has taken a sound clip of The Birds of Morning Pro Musica and crossfaded, after about 5 minutes (!!!) into Handel's The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Lurtsema's weekend intro music. Five full minutes of birds before some excellent morning music!
Now, THAT'S a good way to begin the morning -- not klaxon horns...
You may download an mp3 of the clip here.
Does anyone else remember awakening to this as well?