May 1, 2009
03:25 PM
Tulsa Sound

One froggy evening

They don't have much of a public relations team. Nor do they have a huge following on MySpace, Facebook or any Twitterati. They have never even played the Cain's. Well, maybe one or two did but they didn't sell tickets to it. Like this guy did. But on account of the recent deluge of rain, every type of frog and toad Oklahoma has to offer has been coming out at night to start an outdoor concert. I stood on the porch last night and was a bit stunned at their decibel level. I called 911 to try and get some citations issued, but I couldn't hear the operator. There are over 50 native frogs in Oklahoma. From the ubiquitous American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) and American Toad (Bufo americanus) to the lesser known Couch's Spadefoot - which clearly sounds like something that happens to a sedentary person - (Scaphiopus couchii) and Spring Peeper - which sounds like my neighbor - (Pseudacris crucifer).

But if you are short on funds or just find the beauty in such things, the Frog and Toad Band will be playing as long as it keeps raining. If you like this band, they play on rivers like the Kings in Arkansas or the Illinois here in Oklahoma all summer long. There is an incredible recording of a summer night on Neko Case's (played at the Cain's a few years back, by the way) latest album "Middle Cyclone," called "Marais la nuit" that runs 31:39 and has nothing but crickets and frogs. It can make you shake your head to how beautiful it is. Happy May Day!

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