Magnificent Bird – Norman Music Festival

Magnificent Bird
The dark, indie folk duo, Magnificent Bird, speaks with me in this Norman Music Festival performer question and answer session. Magnificent Bird will perform at the Sooner Theatre on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 2:30 pm. Since this is the festival’s tenth year, here are ten questions to get to know them as answered by Nathan.

1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?
We’re private detectives solving crimes. The music thing is just to pay the bills. The crime bills.

2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
“Every Little Thing She Does Is Tragic” from our last album of the same name. If you don’t laugh then I can’t help you, and I’ll likely just hurt you. It’s not you, it’s us.

3. What’s your song writing process?
Think of something really awful about yourself that you never in a million years want to reveal to another human being, even the one person closest to you. Then write a song about it.

4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
I’ve been to all ten, so year by year it seems like a highly effective way to note the inevitable passage of time. Best part is getting to see all my friends in one happy, beautiful location. Worst part is when it ends and you just want to do it again the next weekend, but you’ve got wait another year, by which time the aging process will have made even further inroads in the erosion of your physical body. Ay, distress!

5. In general, what inspires you?
As a general, Ulysses S. Grant. Not so much as a president.

6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
Everywhere. Why stop? You said all expenses paid, you can’t take that back. Let’s keep this going. We’re running up the tab. I’m a 90s man, so I have to see, and express my disaffection with, everything.

7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
We live in the Norman area, so our plans are to continue living. This mostly entails the daily consumption of calories in the form of food and an exhausting amount of breathing.

8. Anything else you want the public to know about you?
We came to get down.

9. What do you think should be the Ninth Wonder of the World?
Planet earth itself. Or, at least as it is now- a place that somehow still houses our continued existence as a species. A superheated mega-ball of extinction and low, low taxes!

10. What was the most extreme adventure you’ve had?
I was born vaginally. I think once you’ve passed completely through an opening in another human’s body then it’s basically all downhill from there.

The tenth Norman Music Festival is on April 27, 28, and 29, 2017. Read more interviews from performers in the festival, present and past, here.

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at

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