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Birds Are Musicians

‘Music opened the door, and behind it, I found an animal like me’

An arty photograph of a shirtless man with his outstretched arm, which has a red-and-blue parrot perched near the elbow.
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Alfonso pressed a CD into my hand and gave me a mission: Memorize the name of every musician and song on the album. In a few days, he planned to play a random 15-second section, and I would pass his quiz if I could identify the tune and its players by ear.

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