Here are songs and artists that speak to me of birdness.
S.J. Tucker writes and performs music that she sometimes categorizes as “mythpunk”, powerful lyrics with a folk edge that sing to spirit and heart. Were-Owl is especially relevant, about the heady perils of loving a wild thing. Firebird’s Child was the song that introduced me to S.J.’s music, and remains one of my favorite phoenix songs.
Ashes on Your Eyes by Deb Talan is a soulful song that speaks very powerfully to things I associate with phoenix.
Thirteen by Vixy & Tony is a bluesy story-song of magpies and rhymes, riddles and shapeshifting. “But thirteen’s a charm and thirteen’s a murder and thirteen’s the feathers underneath your skin…”
I’m not sure what it is about VNV Nation’s Beloved that speaks so strongly of hawk and flight to me, but it does. The song contains something of wistfulness, dreams of feathers… “Grant me wings that I might fly / my restless soul is longing / no pain remains, no feeling / eternity awaits“.
Heather Alexander wrote a prolific amount of music before going away into Faerie. (The Heir to her music, Alexander James Adams, now writes dragon-songs and faerie-songs more than phoenix-songs and bird-songs.) “Pirate Bill and Squidly” is one of my favorites – not about birds explicitly, but rather about freedom and flight and courage. “Life’s Flame” is another good phoenix song. “Sacred Fire” is one I associate with phoenix for myself, but wasn’t written about firebirds.
Mercedes Lackey has written quite a lot of filk music performed by various artists; it can unfortunately be tricky to find. Her work with birds-of-prey is strongly evident in her music, though, and if you can find any of it, it’s worth a listen. My favorite bird-related songs of hers are “Tale’sedrin” and “The Captive” (about a swan maiden of sorts; it’s sung by Heather Alexander, who may have had a hand in writing it as well).