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The Davo Show is David B. Bourne’s place on the web to share and experiment with audio and ideas.



Topics will range widely but the emphasis is mostly on creative practice, nature and the outdoors, and becoming your best, most creative self.



Show notes and detailed links live at my main website:



http://DavidBourne.com/davo

The Davo Show David Bourne

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The Davo Show is David B. Bourne’s place on the web to share and experiment with audio and ideas.



Topics will range widely but the emphasis is mostly on creative practice, nature and the outdoors, and becoming your best, most creative self.



Show notes and detailed links live at my main website:



http://DavidBourne.com/davo

    My Question for Martha Beck – Where are We all Going?

    My Question for Martha Beck – Where are We all Going?

    In Darkness Our Leaders Must Point to The Light

    This week is the last week before Winter Solstice. So the days are short and the nights are long.

    People need reminding that the light is going to come.

    That’s why I recently asked my head life coaching instructor, Martha Beck to answer these questions.

    Questions for Martha Beck: To Where are We all Going

    Dear Martha,

    Thank you for the space you give.

    Limitless.

    How do we,

    In these days of darkening Winter,

    Find the Light

    Of What is to Come?

    What Great Unfathomable Thing

    Are we trying to do together?

    Things feel so dark sometimes,

    Though there are many glimmers.

    To What do we Truly Belong?

    To What are we finding our Way?

    Gratefully!

    David Bourne

    What are You Seeking in Your Days?

    I believe that when we seek something, we will find it.

    Unfortunately, that is also true of darkness.

    Are you looking for Darkness or Light these days?



    What Is The Davo Show?



    * Examples from Living Life to the Fullest

    * Connecting with Nature and the Outdoors

    * Music and Rhythms

    * David Bourne’s Short Form Audio Shipped from the Field

    * Quick Experiments in Thought and Sound





    Listen to The Davo Show Podcast Episode 011

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    • 3 min
    Needing Connection Proves We are Disconnected – TDS

    Needing Connection Proves We are Disconnected – TDS

    Why Do We Need Nature Connection?

    Because we are deeply disconnected.

    I go to the woods on a regular basis to connect by listening, recording, and to practice the present moment.

    I talked about the challenges of that a few days ago in another Davo Show episode.

    But why do we need connection in the first place? Does it mean we are disconnected?

    Yes. For sure. For thousands of years our ancestors were deeply connected to nature.

    Because we usually not very connected to nature, we are suffering from a lack of feeling and meaning we could get from being outdoors more.

    How A Goldfinch Interruption Proves the Point

    There is a moment in the recording where I spot a goldfinch in a nearby tree.

    Listen to how my voice changes and feel how excited it gets me. This is connection in its purest form. You can’t fake that.

    The good news is we don’t have to be disconnected. You can change it. Just go out your door.

    Links

    I mention the iNaturalist app when I saw the tree the goldfinch was in and realized I did not recognize the species.

    iNaturalist is a great tool for leaning more about the natural world. If you go there look for me at username davidbbourne.



    What Is This Short Audio Series About?

    – Creativity

    – Music!

    – Nature

    – Discovery

    – Living your best life



    You can find all of the Davo Show Episodes at this website http://DavidBourne.com/davo/

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    Episode Transcript, Lightly Edited

    I’m in my front yard, which is the northwest corner. I don’t usually record here and I’m realizing that very high pitched insect sound you’re hearing definitely loudest in this section.

    So I’m thinking, you know, that’s, that’s a summer sound, when the freeze comes, that sounds probably going to go away. And I’m standing next to a maple that still got a lot of green on it, but it’s got a few leaves that are on the ground next to it. And I’ve just been thinking a lot about fall in the leaves coming down.

    On Connection

    And I think I’ve been thinking too about connection. I mentioned that a few weeks ago about why I go to the woods to be connected and you know, just these leaves changing, it’s made me think more about cycles.

    Of course, here we are, in the beginning of the fall cycle and looking out and seeing the leaves change every day. And this is just gorgeous. So I’ve been thinking about that cycle a lot. And thinking how, you know, why do I feel a need to connect and a big reason is because I’m so disconnected.

    We Are Culturally Disconnected

    I think we as a culture are disconnected. We’re disconnected from our roots of being out in nature all the time. Pretty much I’m not saying that’s what I think we should do.

    But I think there is a disconnect from where we are now in modern times, and what we used to have when we were more connected to plants to seasons to the cycles of change

    And so when I think about these leaves and how they fall on the ground and become this layer, and I’m not walking right now but lots of times when I am walking you can hear me crunch those leaves and so I you know, I’ve been thinking about ….

    • 5 min
    How The Pandemic Finally Got Me Making Music

    How The Pandemic Finally Got Me Making Music

    This Past Winter Called for Music

    February of 2021 was a dark time. We were all confused and tired. The Covid-19 pandemic had taken it’s toll.

    I needed some light in my life. Music making became a necessary distraction, for me.

    I pulled out an old Midi Keyboard, plugged it into the USB port of my computer, and starting tweaking buttons in Apple’s Logic Pro.

    Pretty soon I was making something that resembled music.



    I’m still making that music today. The keyboard/computer system is always setup and ready to go. All I have to do is hit record, play the keyboard, and tweak a few buttons.

    The Davo Show is About Experiments

    In this episode, I walk you through my music making process.

    And believe me. Every bit of it is an experiment!

    I hope you enjoy this rundown, but I really hope you go out of your comfort zone and make something creative and new of your own.



    What Is This Short Audio Series About?

    – Creativity

    – Music!

    – Nature

    – Discovery

    – Living your best life



    You can find all of the Davo Show Episodes at this website http://DavidBourne.com/davo/

    Subscribe to this Show at Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Overcast

    • 8 min
    Connection and the Great Wild Word Series

    Connection and the Great Wild Word Series

    Why I Keep Coming to the Woods

    In a word…Connection.

    I come to the woods to connect to the natural world. To learn about species. To see the changes of the seasons. To see the beauty and feel the wildness.

    The Great Wild Word Series Begins

    In this experimental audio space I call The Davo Show, I intend to try things and see what sticks.

    It’s risky because I’m going to screw up in public. That’s OK. Everybody screws up. It’s how we keep growing.



    What Is This Short Audio Series About?

    – Creativity

    – Nature

    – Discovery

    – Living your best life

    – “Experiments In Ideas and Sounds”



    You can find all of the Davo Show Episodes at http://DavidBourne.com/davo/

    Subscribe to this Show at Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Overcast

    A Lightly Edited Episode Transcript

    It’s Twilight. There’s just a little bit of sun in the canopy of the forest.

    You can hear the wet tires on the pavement nearby. That’s the parkway that’s close to these woods. I hear a dog or maybe he hears me and maybe that’s why he’s barking.

    The cars are commuters. They use this section on the parkway. I’m one of them. So I’m not complaining. Though, I have to admit when I’m recording and rather hear the woods.

    I do hear summer insects. So crickets, I hear some industrial sounds from the nearby shopping centers and houses. Lots of lots of tires. This is a busy time of day people are going home from work. It’s seven o’clock (pm).

    It’s not as quiet as I thought it might be

    But that’s okay. I’m still out here in the woods. It’s been raining all day. Every once in a while when the wind blows, you get a little bit of a downpour from the moisture that’s still on the leaves.

    And there are a lot of leaves this time of year. Most of them are not falling yet. In fact, most of them are still green. There’s a few species that are starting to turn. poplars looks like maybe a beech.

    Why I Come Out Here

    Man, I quite I don’t know what that is. And it looks like an oak. But that’s one of the reasons I’m out here. Because I don’t know what all the species are.

    So I come out here to learn and to get a little bit more connected. And that word connected. That’s really what I’ve been thinking about when I think about the woods.

    Because I keep asking myself why do you keep wanting to go out in the woods and talk to your recorder. It’s kind of an odd thing to do. Sometimes I think but I know what it is.

    I want to come out and feel the raindrops.

    Hear the wind. I want to get connected to this forest to the natural world on a daily basis because I spend way too much time indoors and I crave coming out here and I’m curious about that.

    And I think a lot of people have similar cravings and we just want to be connected. Even those, even though that means having to listen to a bunch of cars go by sometimes.

    So I’m just gonna keep walking. A couple of trees came down in the last storm and so there’s lots of sticks on the ground. My shoes are break In the branches as I walk over them, some days, forest is quiet.

    Some days, it’s not so quiet, I’m scrambling over a big log that’s about three and a half, four feet off the ground, too big oak just lost its footing. And what’s interesting is two other trees right bes...

    • 8 min
    Unwanted Sound Advice – The Davo Show

    Unwanted Sound Advice – The Davo Show

    Is It Frustration or Discovery?

    You never know what you are going to get when you record audio outdoors.

    I’ve learned to accept this challenge and to go with the flow of what’s happening. Otherwise, I’m constantly frustrated with “unwanted” sounds.

    In today’s example, I went out to record some crows I was hearing and tell a story about them. But they disappeared.

    No Crows

    No Crow Story.

    No Biggie.

    Returning to the Davo Show’s Short Form

    I keep coming back to this short form audio project because I love being outdoors, and I love to listen to what it has to tell me.

    And I apparently love this problem of trying to record one things then having something else happen.

    Is this the magic of the moment? Maybe. Or maybe it’s just a part of learning to love what is vs what I want it to be.



    What Is This Short Audio Series About?

    – Creativity

    – Nature

    – Discovery

    – Living your best life



    You can find all of the episodes on my website here.

    Stay tuned for subscription details. It’s in the works. These things take time, you know.

    Episode Transcript

    You have found the Davo Show: experiments in ideas and sound.

    I’m in my backyard. It’s about 9am. And I’m looking at a gorgeous tree. I think it’s sourwood. It’s got orange leaves against the green backdrop of this magnificent forest that I get to look at every day.

    Every day that I’m home, I’m back here on the back deck. It’s where I sit and “cipher”. Which means think about stuff.

    It’s where I meditate, where I hang out with Birdy the dog, and sometimes with friends.

    But this morning, I’m thinking about the crow that was hanging out over on the right and I was hoping to get some audio of that crow and of course, as crow’s do, he’s not cooperating and he has stopped his raucus cawing.

    I do hear, of course, road sounds. That’s the nearby Parkway. Tires. Spinning on pavement. The whirr is pretty constant. But that’s okay.

    And I’m thinking about the hawk. It was in the sourwood. That took flight. Just as I opened the door earlier this morning. I spooked him off the branch. We see lots of hawks around here but it’s not very common that they’re hanging out on a on a tree in our yard.

    There’s the neighbor’s dog. Lulu.

    You probably can’t hear it. But I hear the beep beep beep beep of a truck that’s pretty constant to hear a truck backing up or a tractor and that’s okay.

    I have learned that when I listen for sounds and sit back here on the back deck, I can try to fight something or will something to stop or to start.

    But none of that willing really helps me much. It’s much more fun and interesting to (simply) listen.

    Transcribed by the awesome otter.ai

    • 4 min
    The New Call of an Old Bird

    The New Call of an Old Bird

    Figuring Out What I Know and Don’t Know About Wildlife



    What’s This Series About?

    – A short-form audio series

    – It’s about creativity, nature, and living your best life.

    – Experiments in Ideas and Sound



    Robins and Shotgun (Mics) Transcript

    So this Robin is about 20 feet from me.

    I think he sees me but he probably sees a worm in the grass too. So again, this is a Robin, super common is about 20 feet away on the grass. It’s twilight. He is looking for dinner.

    Oh, he found a worm. I knew he was looking for something. He found an earthworm. Good for him.

    So like I said Robin’s are super common. And off it goes. That was cool.

    So yeah, the robin is one of those birds I have been able to identify for a long time. Sorry, my volume is a little loud there. I’ve been able to identify them for a long time, but not the call. And so that was cool.

    It’s not super distinctive. I guarantee you I have heard that call before. But I couldn’t tell you that I had which is interesting. You know, it’s funny how some calls are distinctive.

    Other ones are not least to me, I’m sure they’re very distinct to the Robins and maybe to you or maybe to other birders but now that I have recorded it, I will be able to remember it. I hope so.

    By the way, I’m in my backyard again. And I’m recording with really my best recorder it’s called a Sound Devices Mixpre and it’s got really good preamps which are the little amplifiers that amplify the microphone.

    And last night, if you happen to hear yesterday’s recording, I was recording in stereo. Tonight I’m only recording and mono because I got lazy so it sounds a little bit different.

    But I’m using a shotgun mic which really makes it makes it makes me able to get better sound get more they call it a shotgun because it has a very narrow field that it picks up.

    So I hope to be using it a lot more because it really does make a difference.

    Alright, so I’m going to sign off again. I think this is day five for the podcast, the daily DavoShow my experiments and thought and sound mostly been talking about birds because it is springtime and they’ve been a lot of birds and it’s just something easy to talk about.

    And I’m learning bird calls and learning all the birds in my yard and really got me thinking, well, I want to learn all the species in my yard. And I know that’s impossible. But I sure can learn a lot of them.

    So I’m going to be more intentional about that and pass along some of that information. So you can learn more at DavidBourne.com/davo/ for this short form audio show that so far have been pretty regular.

    So I’m pretty happy about that. And thanks to this Robin, sounds like I’m going to get one out today as well.

    So hope you’ll stay tuned. You can find it where you find all your podcasts. At least pretty soon. I haven’t actually done that part yet, but I’m going to do it soon. I promise.

    Transcribed by the awesome dictation app Otter.ai.

    What’s Up with My New Daily Audio Series

    I’m on Day Six of experimenting with a new short daily podcast.

    You can find all of them on my website here.

    Stay tuned for subscription details. It’s in the works. These things take time, you know.

    • 6 min

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