Introducing the Bluebird Migration Project (also known as Guerilla Bluebird…): an experiment in musical altruism, or shameless promotion? We like to think the former. Jon is about to embark on two months of European and UK touring as trumpet player with iconic band the Specials. His hand luggage will consist of a pair of clean underwear, two bottles of valve oil, and a few dozen Bluebird Parade CDs. He’ll hang onto the underwear, and no doubt use the valve oil for its intended purpose, but the CDs, adorned with an explanatory label, will be scattered surreptitiously in random locations throughout his cities of travel – think airports, venues, pubs, hotels, taxicabs, etc. You’re contemplating your next duty-free when a glint of plastic catches your eye – What’s this? A musical disque? Pour moi? Mais oui! It’s okay to pick it up! It’s okay to put it in your handbag! It’s yours! But – but – No buts. Put it on your iPod! Pass it around among your friends! Give it as a bar mitzvah present! Excuse me, madam…Security. May I see your passport? Okay, maybe airports aren’t such a great idea. But you get the picture. We’ve spent five long years on this album; do you honestly think we expected to make a profit? The important thing to us is sharing the music. After all, “Bluebird Parade” refers to a celebration of the small, unexpected connections between us human beings. And the Bluebird Migration Project is like the balloon experiment we did in elementary school, name and address written on a tiny postcard tied optimistically to helium-filled latex, then set free in the winds over Long Island Sound. Mine never came back.
But that was in the days before e-mail. So do look out for the random gifts in life. And let us know if and when you get one.