Bobby “Blue” Bland is belting out Stormy Monday Blues as I emerge from the confessional where I’ve just admitted the killing of several beloved houseplants. Seems about right. It’s a blues tune but like all blues music, it rocks me into a calm meditative state.
Gardening has the same effect on me. I can drop to my knees and dig around in the dirt for hours and be completely at peace. Perhaps it’s the act of kneeling that sets the mood of reverence. I’m blissfully contemplative in the garden, seeding new life in a soil bed or nurturing growing plants.
And all the while my iPod serenades, swings and stomps me around the house or garden. I’ve got playlists of fast loud rock that gets me through a day of mulch moving, chick rockers to tell me stories while I prune, jazz for weeding and straight up blues that’s on 90% of the time. Shuffle blues, gospel blues, big band blues, Chicago blues, any of it, all of it. There’s not a feeling in this world that hasn’t been juked, boogied or twanged into a musical plea for your attention.
Plants love music, too. So fire up your speakers and get your groove on!
Here’s this week’s broadcast list:
Ain’t No Way – Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart
10 Rocks – Shelby Lynne
The Grindhouse Blues – Robert Rodriguez
Sweet Little Angel – Big Mama Thornton
I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl – Nina Simone
Stormy Monday Blues – Bobby “Blue” Band