November 28, 2021

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Like you, from time to time I get requested to identify my favourite musical albums.

Between my listing of Led Zeppelin and Van Morrison and Charlie Parker alternatives is a person by Ray Anderson, the late University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point professor.

Dr. Ray, as I realized him, was not seriously a musician but a biologist.

And nevertheless his record had a cult pursuing you wouldn’t have discovered it for sale at your regional audio retail outlet or read it on the radio.

But his album “Frogs of Wisconsin” (developed with a colleague D. Jansen by the Wisconsin Audubon Modern society) was fascinating past words. 

To the very best of my recollection, it incorporated a track for each and every of the state’s 11 frogs.

Dr. Ray introduced just about every with his gravelly voice, a riveting contrast to the amphibians’ peeps, croaks and trills.

All were recorded live in Wisconsin wetlands and woods.

In the 1980s and early 1990s I had a cassette tape of Dr. Ray’s album and would enjoy it in my car as I drove throughout the condition. I manufactured guaranteed it held a spot in the rotation together with the rock and jazz.