Let’s go outside. We chase the birdsong of a nightingale in a Berlin forest. We sit with the silence and sounds of nature, as we try to articulate the grief of losing someone you love.
Both of these stories were produced and first broadcast in 2017. They were made for an All The Best listening event of nocturnal stories, which was hosted with Audiocraft in Sydney. You can hear the other stories from the evening here and here.
‘The Nightingale Man’ by Selena Shannon
When Selena moved from sunny Sydney to the dark depths of Swedish winter, she sometimes asked herself why she decided to migrate, even for only 6 months, to a place where the night never really transitions into day. But her experience and her perspective changed when she followed The Nightingale Man to Berlin.
Thanks to Zacha Rosen and Bec Fary for their feedback.
Music: ‘Through the mist’ by Vincent Kiego Webb, ‘Unearthy untaught strain’ and ‘The night the war ends’ by David Rothenberg. Credit to an excerpt from the BBC’s “Why Birds Sing”.
‘Where the sky meets the sea’ by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
When you stare at a mountain, the sheer enormity of nature stares back.
In a culture where death and grief are tucked away from conversation and rarely understood, Bethany Atkinson-Quinton unpacks how our emotional pallet shifts with the tides and echoes in the wind.
If you can, we recommend you listen to this one with headphones, in a quiet, calm, space.
Made in loving memory of Daniel.
Music: fran_ky – Bell Bowed with Grief, Brian Eno With Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno – Landscapes with Haze, Bing & Ruth – Flat Line_Peak Color, Rafael Anton Irisarri – Waking Expectation, New Dawn – The Power Of You, New Dawn – Organza, Brian Eno With Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno – The Water Farden
All The Best credits:
Executive Producer: Allison Chan
Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary
Host: Samantha Groth
Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls
SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell
Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie
Image Unsplash CC: Steven Kamenar