In 1968, when Paul McCartney wrote the lyrics to his famous song, Blackbird, he did so with a nod to the rising empowerment of black people in the 1960s. Specifically, he was inspired by the mental image of a black woman.
At the time not many of us knew Paul's inspiration from the civil rights movement. We were just moved by the beauty of the lyrics. The Beatles always welcomed us to provide our own meanings to their songs.
When I began what is now Blackbirds Rising, the phrase in Paul's song, "You were only waiting for this moment to arise" arose. So many of us wait upon the rising within us of a greater grasp of the meaning to life, especially in our relationship with the divine.
Later I learned of the deep mystical meanings in the symbol of the blackbird and found most of them remarkably appropriate (you can see some intriguing examples of blackbird symbolism at the websites at the bottom of this page).