Friday, December 30, 2022

Episode 645 (12-30-22): A Year of Water Sounds and Music – 2022 Edition

CLICK HERE to listen to episode audio (5:56).

Sections below are the following:
Transcript of Audio
Audio Notes and Acknowledgments
Images
Sources

Related Water Radio Episodes
For Virginia Teachers (Relevant SOLs, etc.).


Unless otherwise noted, all Web addresses mentioned were functional as of 12-30-22.

TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO

From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of January 2, 2023.

MUSIC – ~26 sec –Lyrics: “Bluer than the Blue Ridge, I was out at sea.  Further than the farthest, Till you came for me.   You’re always welcome to this plunder, I was over my head, I am under, under your spell.”

That’s part of “Under,” by The Steel Wheels.”  It’s one of the songs heard on Virginia Water Radio in 2022, and it opens our annual episode where we listen back to some of the previous year’s sounds and music.  We start with a medley of mystery sounds and voices.  Have a listen for about 50 seconds, and see how many you recognize.

SOUNDS AND VOICES - ~51 sec

1.  Voices:  “The James River.  The Ohio River.  Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina.”

2.  Voices: “American Sycamore.” “Atlantic White-cedar.”  “Baldcypress.  Black Gum.”

3.  Voices: “Buttonbush.”  “Coastal Dog-hobble.”  “Elderberry.”  “Possum-haw.”

4.  Coyotes and Gray Treefrogs.

5.  Great Yellowlegs.

6.  Voices: “And we are here on the banks of the Clinch River in St. Paul, Virginia, today to talk about the Eastern Hellbender, which is one of our most unique amphibians here in Virginia and the central Appalachians.”  “Remember: healthy forests produce clean water.”  “And I hope you join us for another edition of ‘Fifteen Minutes in the Forest.’  Have a great weekend.”

If you knew all of most of those, you’re a 2022 water-year winner!

You heard names of some water places connected to U.S. civil rights history;
names of some trees that grow in or near water, followed by names of some shrubs that do so;
coyotes and Gray Treefrogs on a July night;
the Greater Yellowlegs bird; and
excerpts from the video series “Fifteen Minutes in the Forest,”
produced by Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Forest Landowner Education Program.

Thanks to Blacksburg friends for the call-outs; to Lang Elliott for permission to use the Greater Yellowlegs sound, from the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs; and to Jen Gagnon for permission to use excerpts from “Fifteen Minutes in the Forest.”

We close out 2022 with a two-minute sample of music heard this year, with parts of ““Witch Hazel,” by Tom Gala; “New Spring Waltz,” by the late Madeline MacNeil; “Try to Change It,” by Bob Gramann; and “Rainy Night,” by the group Wake Up Robin.  Thanks to all the musicians who gave permission to use their music, and thanks to Janita Baker for permission to use Madeline MacNeil’s music.

So long to 2022, and here’s hoping for a 2023 with interesting sounds, evocative music, and the water the world needs.

MUSIC – ~108 sec

1.  From “Witch Hazel” - Lyrics: “And I tell my heart be strong, like the Witch Hazel flower, and you will not be injured by this dark and troubled time.”

2.  From “New Spring Waltz” - Instrumental. 

3.  From “Try to Change It” - Lyrics: “Try to change it, but I can’t change it; locomotive rolls on through hills and snow and rain.  Try to change it, why can’t I change it; strength of will, push and pull, I’m bettin’ on that train.  Strength of will, push and pull, I’m bettin’ on that train.”.

4.  From “Rainy Night” - Instrumental. 

SHIP’S BELL

Virginia Water Radio is produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, part of Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment.  For more Virginia water sounds, music, or information, visit us online at virginiawaterradio.org, or call the Water Center at (540) 231-5624.  Thanks to Ben Cosgrove for his version of “Shenandoah” to open and close this episode.  In Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.

AUDIO NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Click here if you’d like to hear the full version (2 min./22 sec.) of the “Shenandoah” arrangement/performance by Ben Cosgrove that opens and closes this episode.  More information about Mr. Cosgrove is available online at http://www.bencosgrove.com.

Sounds Used and Their Previous 2022 Virginia Water Radio Episodes

(Listed in the order heard in this episode’s audio)

The people calling out names of water-related places connected to U.S. civil rights history were recorded by Virginia Water Radio in Blacksburg, Va., in March 2022.  This was featured in Episode 619, 3-7-22.

The people calling out names of some trees that grow in or near water were recorded by Virginia Water Radio in Blacksburg, Va., in Virginia Water Radio on April 21, 2022.  This was featured in Episode 626, 4-25-22The shrub name call-outs were recorded by Virginia Water Radio in Blacksburg on June 14-15, 2022.  This was featured in Episode 630, 6-20-22.

The Coyote and Gray Treefrog sounds were recorded by Virginia Water Radio in Blacksburg, Va., on July 5, 2022, at approximately 10:15 p.m.  This was featured in Episode 634, 8-15-22.

The sounds of the Greater Yellowlegs was taken from the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs-Eastern Region CD set, by Lang Elliott with Donald and Lillian Stokes (Time Warner Audio Books, copyright 1997), used with permission of Lang Elliott.  Lang Elliot’s work is available online at the “Music of Nature” Web site, http://www.musicofnature.org/.  This was featured in Episode 636, 9-12-22.

The excerpts from the “Fifteen Minutes in the Forest” series were taken from the following episodes: “Eastern Hellbenders,” Episode 68, January 2022; “Best Management Practices for Water Quality,” Episode 19, September 2020; and “How Clean is Your Creek,” Episode 26, November 2020; used with permission of Jennifer Gagnon, Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Conservation and the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Forest Landowner Education Program.  The full video series is available online at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOhBz_SGRw8UZo9aAfShRbb-ZaVyk-uzT.  This was featured in Episode 637, 9-26-22.

Musical Selections Used and Their Previous 2022 Virginia Water Radio Episodes

(Listed in the order heard in this episode’s audio)

“Under,” from the 2019 album “Over the Trees,” is copyright by The Steel Wheels, used with permission.  More information about The Steel Wheels is available online at https://www.thesteelwheels.com/.  This music was used in Episode 630, 6-20-22, on shrubs.

“Witch Hazel,” from the 2011 album “Story After Story,” is copyright by Tom Gala, used with permission.  More information about Tom Gala is available online at https://open.spotify.com/artist/0kG6YXrfGPB6lygJwOUNqO. This music was used in Episode 639, 10-24-22, on the Witch Hazel plant.

“New Spring Waltz” is from Madeline MacNeil’s 2002 album “Songs of Earth & Sea”; copyright held by Janita Baker, used with permission.  More information about Madeline MacNeil is available from Ms. Baker’s “Blue Lion Dulcimers & Guitars” Web site, online at https://www.bluelioninstruments.com/Maddie.html.  This music was used in Episode 627, 5-9-22, on some spring songbirds.

“Try to Change It,” from the 2001 album “See Farther in the Darkness,” is copyright by Bob Gramann, used with permission.  More information about Bob Gramann is available online at https://www.bobgramann.com/folksinger.html.  This music was used in Episode 611, 1-10-22, on the 2022 Virginia General Assembly opening.

“Rainy Night,” from the 2018 album “Wake Up Robin,” on Great Bear Records, by the group of the same name, is used with permission of Andrew VanNorstrand.  More information about the album and band is available online at https://wakeuprobin.bandcamp.com.  This music was used in Episode 642, 11-21-22, on water-related things for which people are thankful.

IMAGES

(Unless otherwise noted, photographs are by Virginia Water Radio.)

The last sunrise (a bit cloudy) of 2022 at a seasonal pond in Heritage Park in Blacksburg, Va., December 31, 2022, 7:45 a.m. EST.

An Image Sampler from Episodes in 2022

From Episode 616, 2-14-22: Sculpture in Birmingham, Alabama’s, Kelly Ingram Park, recalling fire hoses being used on civil rights protestors in the 1960s.  Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, March 3, 2010.  Accessed from the Library of Congress, online at https://www.loc.gov/item/2010636978/, 2/15/22.

From Episode 621. 3-21-22: “Benefits of Trees” poster from the Virginia Department of Forestry, accessed online at https://dof.virginia.gov/education-and-recreation/learn-about-education-recreation/benefits-of-tree/, 12-30-22.

From Episode 626. 4-25-22: Swamp Tupelo photographed at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Va., July 9, 2021.  Photo by iNaturalist user karliemarina, made available online at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/86317064 (as of 4-25-22) for use under Creative Commons license “Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0.”  Information about this Creative Commons license is available online at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/.

From Episode 630, 6-20-22: Silky Dogwood beside Stroubles Creek in Blacksburg, Va., June 9, 2022.

From Episode 636, 9-12-22: Greater Yellowlegs, photographed at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, August 11, 2022.  Photo by iNaturalist user kenttrulsson, made available online at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/132685927 (as of 9-12-22) for use under Creative Commons license “Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0.”  Information about this Creative Commons license is available online at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/.

From Episode 640, 10-31-22, done for Halloween: A strange “face” seems to peer out from the stump of a downed willow tree at the Virginia Tech Duck Pond in Blacksburg, Va. October 10, 2022.

SOURCES

Please see the episodes mentioned and hyperlinked above under “Audio Notes and Acknowledgments” for sources of information about the topics of the individual episodes.

RELATED VIRGINIA WATER RADIO EPISODES

All Water Radio episodes are listed by category at the Index link above (http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/p/index.html).  See particularly the “Overall Importance of Water” subject category.

Following are links to previous “year of sounds/music” episodes.

2021 – Episode 609, 12-27-21
2020 – Episode 557, 12-28-20.
2019 – Episode 504, 12-23-19.
2018 – Episode 452, 12-24-18.
2017 – Episode 400, 12-25-17.
2016 – Episode 348, 12-26-16.
2015 – Episode 295, 12-21-15.
2014 – Episode 246, 12-29-14.
2013 – Episode 193, 12-23-13.
2012 – Episode 141, 12-17-12.

Following are links to previous episodes looking toward a coming new year.

New Year 2013: Episode 142, 12-31-12.
New Year 2016: Episode 296, 12-28-15.
New Year 2017: Episode 349, 1-2-17.
New Year 2018: Episode 401, 1-1-18.
New Year 2019: Episode 453, 12-31-18.
New Year 2020: Episode 505, 12-30-19.

FOR VIRGINIA TEACHERS – RELATED STANDARDS OF LEARNING (SOLs) AND OTHER INFORMATION

The episodes listed and hyperlinked above under “Audio Notes and Acknowledgments” may help with various Virginia SOLs in Music, Science, and Social Studies.  For specific SOLs, please see the online show notes for each episode.

Virginia’s SOLs are available from the Virginia Department of Education, online at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/.

Following are links to Water Radio episodes (various topics) designed especially for certain K-12 grade levels.

Episode 250, 1-26-15 – on boiling, for kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Episode 255, 3-2-15 – on density, for 5th and 6th grade.
Episode 282, 9-21-15 – on living vs. non-living, for kindergarten.
Episode 309, 3-28-16 – on temperature regulation in animals, for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Episode 333, 9-12-16 – on dissolved gases, especially dissolved oxygen in aquatic habitats, for 5th grade.
Episode 404, 1-22-18 – on ice on ponds and lakes, for 4th through 8th grade.
Episode 407, 2-12-18 – on snow chemistry and physics, for high school.
Episode 483, 7-29-19 – on buoyancy and drag, for middle school and high school.
Episode 524, 5-11-20 – on sounds by water-related animals, for elementary school through high school.
Episode 531, 6-29-20 – on various ways that animals get water, for 3rd and 4th grade.
Episode 539, 8-24-20 – on basic numbers and facts about Virginia’s water resources, for 4th and 6th grade.
Episode 606, 12-6-21 – on freezing and ice, for kindergarten through 3rd grade.