Thanks blackbird!

True talent prevails. In a recent study by the University of Exeter, the blackbird’s song comes out on top when it comes to relaxation and health-promoting effects. This great result prompted me as a lyricist at Relaxound to give a little back to the little singing star. After all, it also provides the virtuoso melodies for our soundboxes.

She is singing again right now. It’s 4.55 a.m. and the blackbird outside my window is singing its morning song. It sounds beautiful, so peaceful. I have only known that the blackbird’s song has many positive effects on our health since I started working at Relaxound. The blackbird is, in a way, a colleague, its song is used, among other things, in the chirping box and delights people from all over the world. Unconsciously I have felt that chirping does me good, but nothing more. If you look more closely, there is plenty of scientific evidence that the blackbird is something very special. Here are some reasons why we should just say thank you to her.

Song with effect: the blackbird chirping

If there were a Grammy for health-promoting singing talent, it would have to go to the blackbird. Its chirping is able to immediately lower our blood pressure, make our heartbeat calmer, reduce the stress hormone cortisol and relieve pain. We feel lighter and calmer from the first note, and our whole body relaxes. This is made possible by the blackbird’s very own way of chirping. Not every bird’s voice relaxes us. The cawing of a magpie or the hoarse call of a crow can have the opposite effect. As a study by the University of Surrey found, we prefer to listen to bird calls that are “quiet, high frequency and offer a high level of complexity”, according to Dr. Eleanor Ratcliffe, lecturer in environmental psychology at the University of Surrey. And here the blackbird is a real natural!

The blackbird voice hits the right note

The blackbird’s song sounds particularly pleasant to our ears. Their high-frequency chirping has a more calming effect than low frequencies. Their voice sounds bright, clear, and friendly. Therefore, the blackbird’s song relaxes us particularly well. To have a positive effect on us, the song should also be melodious and offer variety. The blackbird scores point here: the male blackbird virtuously varies his song between cheerful trilling, relaxed chirping, and artistic flute notes. Like a good soundtrack, the blackbird manages to stage its theme over and over again. Only the great ones can do that. The result: you can never get tired of her melodies.

Small singing talents in town and country

The twittering of blackbirds is something like home for me. It resounds in the Thuringian forests of my childhood. Likewise in the small park behind my Berlin flat. Their melodious chirping signals relaxed nature and awakens positive memories. On a trip to a lake in Brandenburg, the blackbird’s song accompanies me. For a long time I took it for granted. Which it is not. So here’s a little thank you, dear blackbird! Here’s to many more great songs! From now on, I look forward to your singing even more. And the next time you rustle in the leaves, looking for something to eat, and I take a step back and suspect a much larger animal (a wild boar, for example), I’ll smile briefly, wink at you, and say: Thanks, buddy!

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