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Six for ’12

January 2, 2012

Not being an ancient Mayan with an apocalyptic mindset, I expect this new year will hold good things for Paul, myself and all of you! Resolutions? Not many, except to be better (read: healthier, thinner). Predictions? Only one … that I will rework the Rancho’s landscape and have it induce the same level of pleasure for us and our visitors as the previous iteration … I’ve already begun amassing inspirational materials and storing them in my noggin’s memory banks for plucking later. Today, however, I’m nursing a hangover brought on by The Eve’s bubbly temptations and scrolling through youtube’s cluttered attic for garden-themed numbers … allow me to share my 6 favorite musical stylings; just hit ‘play’.


PJ Harvey’s “The Garden: The Peej is a notorious dark chick; her garden is full of strange urges and black as night … there will be consequences.


Madonna’s “Secret Garden”: From her “Erotica” era, Madge’s garden is jazzy and beat-driven … photos from her accompanying “SEX” book removed all remaining secrecy, however.


Van Morrison’s “In the Garden”: Not the well-known hymn of the same name, but full of lyrics that portray the garden as a romantic religious experience. Pretty, transcendant.


Einstuerzende Neubauten’s  “The Garden”: Purveyors of hardcore German industrial clang und drang, this clip is hypnotically pared down visually and sonically. Call it anxious Amish.


TEED (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs), “Garden”: Trippy techno/house video featuring a skinny pale boy, his girl and a garden full of scary plantlife. Oh, and bubbles.


John Denver’s “The Garden Song”: Double-denim enthusiast, nice guy Denver touts the joys of gardening backed up by harmonizing snapdragons, a thistle and a cantaloupe …



6 Comments leave one →
  1. rosenatti permalink
    January 2, 2012 11:43 pm

    I once bought lunch for Einsturzende Neubauten’s Blixa Bargeld. He was an expensive date.

    Still waiting for an opportunity to buy anything, anything at all, for PJ Harvey.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      January 2, 2012 11:52 pm

      Please tell me that lunch for Blixa was at In-n-Out burger …

      • rosenatti permalink
        January 3, 2012 10:05 pm

        With a dessert stop at Krispy Kreme! No, no such luck. Lunch for Blixa consisted mostly of red wine, which is where the tab started adding up.

      • reubix1 permalink*
        January 3, 2012 10:08 pm

        Ahhhhh … makes sense now!

  2. January 4, 2012 6:17 am

    I miss you, John! RIP.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      January 4, 2012 6:55 am

      Paul and I felt the same: JD, for all his squeaky clean-ness, was a terrific vocalist … we’re such 70s throw-backs!

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