About The Birds

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Hi, I’m Naomi Bird.

In this “Arts at the Aviary” space, I am zooming in on the life and concerns of the young creative trying to make sense of the jungle of family, faith, arts, mental health issues, and the burning desire to be a super amazing entrepreneur.

If this is you, I want you to feel hope and inspiration and clarity.

You’ll like this space if:

  • you find intrigue and freshness from the fact that a young woman plays organ and piano for such ancient things as traditional church, ballet classes, and this old soul tenor
  • you want to feel hope for an entire generation and future, to have soul, security, relationship, compassion, and quality in work and play
  • you want to see ways that it is possible to walk through, question through, stumble through, and just somehow get through storms and seasons of depression.
  • you care about learning to connect with older adults and cultivating some improvement in our culture’s attitudes toward the worth of old people
  • you are captivated by the voice of Nathan and drawn in to the messages behind his songs, inevitably moved to explore paths of change in your mind and soul

Welcome to the Aviary.

An aviary is where Birds live.  Get it?


Because the world needs more thriving families, my husband and I are on a quest to thrive as a family in the arts.

It’s complicated. 
And by golly, it can be really lonely.

But because our work as musicians has blessed so many people, and because we just can’t shake our big ideas for what we want to accomplish, we’re keeping at it.
So we’re also on a quest to invite people in to what we do, both professionally and personally. In real life, and digitally.

We originally launched this site when we were hosting weekly gatherings of artists at our home in Northeast Minneapolis.  We would do improv, read poetry, color, and try out music for upcoming gigs.  It was great.  It was us doing Arts at the Aviary.  You can read about those gatherings in the blog posts. 


Old people love our music.  And we love old people.
A life of special relationships with older adults has led us to a new special focus in our music business.

So we pursue our mission of using our music to reach across generational lines and bless the older adults in our country who are being forgotten by so many of us younger, busier, hi-techier kids.

Nathan sings.
I play piano.
We collaborate with others who do lots of cool stuff too.

All of this while trying to do a halfway decent job of raising our flock of 4 hatchlings.

This “Arts at the Aviary” space isn’t so much about marketing our business as it is about  some of the behind-the-scenes issues that come with living in our house doing what we do.   I would have liked to see this from others.  Heck, I do currently really want to connect with others on this level.  Hence this blog.

You’ll like this space if:

  • you find intrigue and freshness from the fact that a young woman plays organ and piano for such ancient things as traditional church, ballet classes, and this old soul tenor
  • you want to feel hope for an entire generation and future, to have soul, security, relationship, compassion, and quality in work and play
  • you want to see ways that it is possible to walk through, question through, stumble through, and just somehow get through storms and seasons of depression.
  • you care about learning to connect with older adults and cultivating some improvement in our culture’s attitudes toward the worth of old people
  • you are captivated by the voice of Nathan and drawn in to the messages behind his songs, inevitably moved to explore paths of change in your mind and soul

Welcome to the Aviary.


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bio from our “SongNotes From the Birds” publications…

Nathan and Naomi Bird are in their mid-thirties, but their music and entertainment preferences put them at home with folks who have been around the sun about 50 times more than they have.

Minnesota natives, they transplanted to Colorado for a few years and have called Minneapolis home since 2011. Nathan teaches private voice lessons at area high schools, performs locally, directs a church choir, and produces an annual “Three Tenors Christmas” concert at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.  In addition to accompanying for Nathan and writing and editing for SongNotes, Naomi is in her second year as church organist and was thrilled to recently return to the world of ballet class accompaniment at a studio in St. Paul. The Birds’ nest has a flock of four hatchlings ages ten, eight, five, and two years old.

Finding creative ways to thrive as working musicians is a constant pursuit of the Birds’. Nathan hosts regular meet-ups for entrepreneurs in the area and has begun private coaching as well. Nathan and Naomi’s latest endeavor has been to start a monthly subscription offering of songs and notes about them.

Years of music training and specific personal experiences with dear older relatives are merging into a mission they are eager to develop: to use their music to enrich the lives of older adults and cultivate meaningful connections between generations.

 


more about us, from the early version of this site (seven years ago!!) …

A little more about us:

The Art and Beauty of – Music. Nathan and I both have Bachelor’s Degrees in music (from Northwestern College and the University of Minnesota, respectively), and Nathan has his Master’s Degree in vocal performance from Denver University.  My area of study was music therapy, with some extra emphasis on piano pedagogy.

The Art and Beauty of – Being creative in the kitchen. We love food and love meeting the challenge to make food that is yummy + healthy + economical + interesting.  I don’t intend this to be a recipe blog, but we just may end up sharing some of our favorites, in celebration of the culinary arts! On the evening upon which I am writing this, Nathan made a quick supper of fried egg/mustard/pancake wrap; I highly recommend it.

The Art and Beauty of – Figuring out how to do life as a family in the arts.  It’s really quite tricky sometimes. We love our kids, and we love our music, so by golly we are going to figure out how to make it work.  The truth is, though, we could not possibly make it work without the help of so many special people.  You will get to meet many of them here.

The Art and Beauty of – Natural and green living. The more we look into the matter, the more we love to chose whole and natural foods as well as other products that are ethically manufactured.  A hot topic, yes, because it is important.

The Art and Beauty of – Being healthy.  Health can be understood in so many different ways.  As we press on toward finding what wellness means for us we see so many different layers.  Physical.  Mental. Emotional. Balancing them is indeed, I think, an art.

We do hope that you find refreshment through our words and empowerment to enjoy beauty.

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