Cheers for Justin Moore for starting us off again on the search for gardening related music with his recommendation for Mort Garsen‘s Cosmic LP “Mother Earth’s Plantasia” last week here. Also a big thanks to the goodDr Strangedub from The Echo Chamber on KFAI for his mix a few years ago below and Pete Haigh from the monthly Funkology radio show (on “On The Wire” on BBC Radio Lancashire) for his gardening-related chart here. We’re now looking for more. Know any deep house classics that mention “potting on”? Or some dubstep that mentions dephiniums? Or just some fine tunes you like to like to prune the roses to? Send us your nominations please. Remember music and gardening do mix!
Life is all about what’s in the mix and the above is what we recently found after clearing out our compost bin of its organic matter. There’s some surprises: a sonic screwdriver (for God’s sake), a silver teaspoon and a plastic bag with someCaesar Saladmix in it! It’s frightening as we think we’re really careful of what we put in the heap.
As for our latest bit of listening pleasure: theRhythm Doctor’s audio mix for FatCat records (above), there’s no unwanted rubbish in there! Listen out for the following!
Thanks very much to Vic Godard for getting in touch and picking this week’s Greenhouse Classic. It’s a great number with a gardening theme called “And roses and roses” by Astrud Gilberto. Short, sweet and on a floribunda tip!
Also a big thanks to G. (Mrs Godard) for sending a few words and some pics from their garden.“It’s been a funny year weather wise, the early heat and sun meant many annuals and perennials flowered early and have now gone to seed, whereas the dismal August means some, like the Mirabilis Jalapas (aka four o’clock flower) are only now coming into their own.The bumper tomato yield is still ongoing and it looks like there will be enough beans to freeze and last throughout the winter, and it’s the first year we’ve seen pink flowers on the beans.I planted some old gladioli bulbs that Vic’s dad Harry found all dried up and papery in a drawer and surprisingly as you can see they all took!” Mrs Godard
If you remember from last years post, Vic’s dad Harry grows everything from seed; vegetables, annuals and even palms, how great is that! Thanks to Vic, G and Harry too!
Thanks to our mate John F again for passing on another greenhouse classic; “a song to bring us some sunshine” but as he says, “is one tinged with sadness; the late, great Rico Rodriguez playing with the Special AKA who sadly passed away yesterday.” And he’s rightR.I.P. Rico Rodriguez, a true reggae legend.
John sent us this link of a great video funnily enough shot at a legendary Coventry late-night eatery called “Noel’s Cafe,” features a few Coventry music-related celebs and doing a nice bit of dancing, our good friend The Rhythm Doctor who I either forgot or never knew was featured in this. Well I never!
Thanks to our good friend Phil Harmony of the Dubnight Radio Show out of Berlin for sending us this Greenhouse Classic. It’s a tune in a suitable vegetable growing vein from Israel Voice called Farm up the land. It’s a tune and a half and one for blaring out whilst out in the garden!
As well as DJing and producing some rather fine tune-age, Phil grows his own produce organically on his 2.5m x1.50m (approx) balcony outside his flat in Berlin (see last year’s post here). For a small space it’s great how much he grows which includes peppers, raspberries, strawberries beans, basil and tomatoes.
And a ginger plant started from a sprouting root from his kitchen, look at it now!
Thanks again Phil for the great greenhouse classic and the brill balcony gardening pics!
Thanks to our friend John F for very kindly sending in his top suggestion for our regular spot of tune-age to blast out while gardening. As John says “Here’s a tune perfect for a Sunday morning in the Greenhouse!” and indeed it is! A classic from the late great Joe Higgs called “There’s a reward for me”. And what a tune! Thanks again John!
We’d love to hear your greenhouse/garden shed/potting shed/coal shed classic, never mind the genre, anything considered as long as it’s good. Send it to onedeckpete (at) gmail.com or comment on this post with a youtube link. Remember “No Marillion, Genesis or Yes as a refusal often offends.”
The good Reverend picks a lovely tune from C Duncan (who’s been featured on Weedshere before) called “Garden” aptly enough. It’s one to enjoy loud while putting your feet up after turning over those beds you’ve been meaning to do for years.
As Milo explains “Imagine a bunch of hippy gnomes slowly emerging from the undergrowth…they sing this song while gently stroking your weary head, pampering your inner soul and softly sending you off to the end of the garden to fetch their cup of tea that’s just right for drinking now…..that’s where this tune takes me.” Just wonderful Milo!
We’d love to hear your Greenhouse classic, never mind the genre, anything considered as long as it’s good. Send it to onedeckpete (at) gmail.com or comment on this post with a youtube link and we’ll take it from there.
Remember as that long forgotten punk group sang, “No Genesis, Cliff or The Rolling Stones… in 2015!” as a refusal often offends.