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'Are You Serious' composer and performer Andrew Bird finally catches a little sunshine

'Are You Serious' composer and performer Andrew Bird finally catches a little sunshine

Over the last three years, the composer, violinist and singer Andrew Bird, his wife and their 4-year-old son have endured their share of trials. The experiences in part prompted Bird and his family to retreat to Los Angeles from New York a few years ago, he said while sitting at the kitchen table of their Los Feliz house.

Gruff with five-day stubble and wearing a tattered cardigan, Bird recounted a harrowing series of events that rose out of his wife's cancer diagnosis.

"She went through two surgeries and radiation treatment for which I had to take my son away from her when he was 1 for two weeks to keep him from getting exposed,"...

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