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In this meditation on the music of the natural world, Moore celebrates the call of loons, howl of wolves, bellow of whales, laughter of children, and shriek of frogs, even as she warns of the threats against them. Each group of essays moves, as Moore herself has been moved, from celebration to lamentation to bewilderment and finally to the determination to act in defense of wild songs and the creatures who sing them.
Music is the shivering urgency and exuberance of life ongoing. In a time of terrible silencing, Moore asks, who will forgive us if we do not save nature's songs?
“An enchanting book, Earth’s Wild Music draws the reader into the sounds of the natural world and provides inspiration to reverse their decline. Kathleen Dean Moore has a very special and authentic voice. A compelling and magical read.” —Thomas E. Lovejoy, Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
"These pages contain an almost magical combination of superlatively fine-eyed observation, heartbreakingly deep-felt love, and joyous exaltation. Kathleen Dean Moore is a wild-hearted, clear-eyed poet, a voice of the living world, who urges us into caring, dares us to fall in love." —Carl Safina, author of Becoming Wild
"Kathleen Dean Moore is a celebrant of life, a philosopher in love with the world and enraged by destruction of its bounty. She brings her fierce attention and generosity of spirit to the varieties of kinship that enjoy Earth’s astonishing soundtrack. Loon, wolf, meadowlark, bear, canyon wren, Beethoven, Puccini, and Leonard Bernstein all assist her in this paean and plea for awakening the moral imagination and getting real about facing up to and transforming human destructiveness." —Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit
"Passionate and poetic, Kathleen Dean Moore creates a splendid ode to the biophonies extant in a shape-shifting world." —Bernie Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places
“In this poetic tribute to the beauty of the earth and its inhabitants, Kathleen Dean Moore brings her readers in touch with the spiritual way that birds and mammals, other animals, and natural sounds demonstrate our need to preserve ecosystems. A lovely read.” —Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden