HARUOMI HOSONO - Muji Original BGM [Toshjusha, 1984]
When Hosono was commissioned by Muji to create music that could be played in their shops across Japan, he submitted this little ambient gem. Entitled ‘Watering A Flower’, the record consists of three pieces, this one being the most romantic and perhaps most conducive to a joyous ‘growth-oriented’ environment. It’s basically an ambient loop that never ends; it always is and always has been. I believe it fell to earth like a dew drop of inspiration. Big up to Hosono!
JOEL VANDROOGENBROECK - Electronic Jungle [Coloursound, 1978]
Just as we have big dreams, so too do plants. Nothing inspires a plant to grow more than the thought of one day becoming a jungle, or a forest for that matter. Is that not the height of possibility for any plant organism? Perhaps not. Perhaps I’m to small minded to even fathom the potentiality of plant life on earth. (Side note: Vandroogenbroeck is such a genius, I highly recommend you check him out as well as the entire Coloursound catalogue).
KAJAGOOGOO - The Garden (Instrumental) [EMI, 1984]
This one’s self explanatory. Introspective tune with surprise flute appearance. Wow! Nice one Googoo! May the garden in your heart flourish and thrive!
JONI MITCHELL - Shadows and Light [Asylum Records, 1975]
I love Joni Mitchell, and while she’s highly respected as a brilliant and unique musician, I still some how find that she’s slept on. This song is lovely and 8the closing track on the album is entitled ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’. To me, there isn’t a single sound that’s more intoxicating in the summer time than the sound of cicadas. It’s that sound that Joni is referring to, I think. Maybe I’m wrong, in which case I just fucked everything up and I’m sorry. Anyway, when you’re watering your summer lawn, keep in mind that Joni Mitchell made a beautiful record in your honour, and in honour of all the busy people going about their business in the lawn that is earth. Remember that within the hissing there are notes of silence, and they ring just as profoundly if you listen close enough. I read that somewhere on Facebook.
EX-TERRESTRIAL - Light [Temple, 2017]
I never thought about this tune in the context in a ‘nature’ context until my friend and chief geez made this video for it. It’s obvious to me now. After all, what do plants eat? The sun is all the way out there in space and yet it feeds the plant life on this planet with rays of light. You figure that one out. And while you do, listen to this song and watch this video. It’ll zorp you real good.
MORT GARSON - Ode to an African Violet [Homewood Records, 1976]
Morty is quite a guy. He looks like Groucho Marx and he sounds like Kraftwerk, plus he’s Canadian. I wish he was my uncle. Another self explanatory tune. This record actually inspired this whole compilation I’ve assembled. It’s an offshoot - a mere leaf on the Garson vine. African Violets are not my favourite flowers but they are somebody’s grandmother’s favourite, so I just want to say big up to that grandmother and big up to all flowers everywhere. Also, flowers make incredible gifts and people don’t just buy them for other people enough. Get some for yourself or a friend or a lover and just see what happens. ZAM!
BRIAN BENNETT - Earthborn [Bruton Music, 1982]
All things arise and return to the same source. On this planet of ours, earth is the beginning and the end for all things. I’m not sure if Brian Bennett agrees, but this record that he made called ‘Nature Watch’ sure makes you wanna think about stuff in lofty terms. To me, this song evokes the feeling of soaring over a forest or a jungle in wonder and amazement. Herzog says that the jungle is a chaotic and hostile place, but from the right vantage point, these green spaces can appear soft and inviting. Herzog doesn’t know everything, so you can decide for yourself.
HERMETO PASCOAL - Musica Da Lagoa
Since these compilations are usually largely youtube based, I decided to include this classic video of Hermeto Pascoal performing a piece of music in a lagoon. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen, and really confirms my theory that he’s in fact a forest spirit inhabiting the body of an urban gnome. He’s seriously a magical man, and if you planted him in the ground and poured water on his head, plant life would probably grow. Or maybe little Pascoal’s would grow. Might be worth a try either way. Anyway I hope you enjoy this video.