Leonardo DaVinci filled an ox heart with hot wax and then used the wax to cast a glass version of the heart. He filled the heart with liquid and figured out how the valves close and open. He may have been the first person to discover coronary artery disease. He even connected the wrist pulse with the contraction of the left ventricle.

You may have heard about that. And the bicycle Leonardo designed. And the helicopter.

DaVinci died in 1519. Why did Leonardo’s ideas and research not spread all over the world? Why didn’t Shakespeare have a bicycle? Why did no one else understand atherosclerosis until 1950?

Leonardo had no formal education. He didn’t learn Latin, Greek, or Arabic. He had no way to communicate his ideas to other scholars. His notes were not published and were lost for centuries. DaVinci needed a community. One of the most gifted scientists the world has ever known wrote ground-breaking papers in a vacuum.

When I say, “Thanks for listening,” I mean it. When you take our music home and enjoy it, share it with friends, and ask me questions about it, it gives our work meaning. I’m not sure if we’ll drastically change the world, but we can give you words for your broken heart and a beat you can dance to.

Thanks for listening. Your fan,

JByrd

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Every Wednesday night! (this week w Stan Lewis!)
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC
***we will not be home March 27 or Apr 3 :( ***

Mar 28 Thu
Red Dragon Listening Room
Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 29 Fri
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Mar 30 Sat
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville, AR

Apr 1 Mon
The Basement
Nashville TN

Apr 2 Tues
The 5 Spot
Nashville TN

Apr 3 Wed
The Crimson Moon
Dahlonega GA

Apr 4 Thu
Museum of Commerce
Pensacola, FL

Apr 5 Fri
McGonigels’ Mucky Duck
Houston, TX

Apr 6 Sat
Sycamore Creek Concerts
Dripping Springs, TX

Apr 11 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

Apr 25 Thurs
The Aquarium
Fargo, ND

Apr 26 Fri
West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB

Apr 27 Sat
The Warming House
Minneapolis, MN

May 9 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

May 16 Thu
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY

May 17 Fri
King of Clubs
Syracuse NY

May 19 Sun
Askew Prov
Providence, RI

May 21 Tues
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

May 23 Thurs
Cafe Nine
New Haven, CT

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Jammin’ at Hippie Jacks
Crawford, TN

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

photo by Bob Denton

photo by Bob Denton

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