Night Owl

from Cello Noodles, Vol. IV by Betsy Tinney

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I'm a night owl.

I've been nocturnal all my life, and am often at my best between 11 PM and 4 AM. (Also, my house & neighborhood are pretty quiet by then, which makes studio recording much easier.) Even so, our nearby woods are rarely silent, even in the wee hours: it's not unusual to hear the hunting cries of coyotes, the shrill chorus of bog frogs, and the eerie -- and surprisingly loud -- calls of barred owls.

As a night owl, I have a special appreciation for other night owls, particularly the winged ones. We currently have several barred owls living in our woods; their song is distinctive and musical, and even has lyrics: "Who cooks for yooou? Who cooks for yooou-all?" (Yes, that's really what they sound like! If you want, you can listen to a barred owl's call at

This month's piece, Night Owl, was inspired by the call of the barred owl (although there are no actual barred owls on the recording -- just a cello with a vivid imagination.)


from Cello Noodles, Vol. IV, track released October 29, 2019
cello: Betsy
recorded & mixed by Betsy at Wild Pine Studios, Redmond, WA




Betsy Tinney Seattle, Washington

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