Sunday, September 30, 2007

Wildflowers 1967

We have some excellent radio stations and programs on the airwaves around here. There's KGSR, which sticks to its own playlist (decidedly not mainstream and heavy on the locals) and goes eccentric at night and on weekends. There's KUT, which is our NPR affiliate, and also have some great programs. There's KOOP/KVRX, at the left end of the dial with a nice mixed bag. But the best... THE BEST radio station I think I have ever heard anywhere is a pirate station that has no genres (it plays them all), and I am talking lots of obscure, excellent stuff. Range is limited to about 10 miles in one direction. You won't get the frequency out of me. Anyway, it was there I heard some Judy Collins a couple of weeks ago, particularly a track or two off of her 1967 release "Wildflowers". It prompted me to buy the CD. I have loved this one particular song all these years. It represents Judy in her finest form, and although she was the Queen of the Cover Song, this is one that she wrote herself. I think it is stunning.


Wildflowers

What I'll give you since you asked
Is all my time together;
Take the rugged sunny days,
The warm and Rocky weather,
Take the roads that I have walked along,
Looking for tomorrow’s time,
Peace of mind.

As my life spills into yours,
Changing with the hours
Filling up the world with time,
Turning time to flowers,
I can show you all the songs
That I never sang to one man before.

We have seen a million stones lying by the water.
You have climbed the hills with me
To the mountain shelter,
Taken off the days one by one,
Setting them to breathe in the sun.

Take the lilies and the lace
From the days of childhood,
All the willow winding paths
Leading up and outward,
This is what I give,
This is what I ask you for;
Nothing more.

(Music player by Jeroen Wijering)
Picture: our back gate

8 comments:

Neil Shakespeare said...

Ach! Getting old, aren't we? 40 years ago?! Still, a pretty song is a pretty song. Have you noticed as you get older that these old songs make you cry? Of course, in my case, it could be because the opium is really, really good. Seriously, haven't thought of J.C. for a long, long time. So thanks for the tune, man. Admire your participation in the active live music scene down there. Sounds like great fun.

Blueberry said...

It's a very weepie song, no less weepie because it's so old, and so am I -- although I wouldn't want to be 14 again -- but I wouldn't mind 20.

I see you are making use of the surplus opium after the career change. Good luck with those hedges.

niCk (Mem Beth) said...

Old songs make me cry too, when I think of my experiences and loves I had when those songs were current. wabi-sabi.

Ptelea said...

Thank you, Blueberry, for posting this. I listen to JC on a regular basis although this is one I don't own. (soon to change!!) Many of her songs make me cry! I had the great fortune to see her perform in the early 1980's, an experience I will never forget.

Blueberry said...

She is a treasure, and a good songwriter too. Happy to share. Now that I have this nifty little player, I plan on sharing some (streaming) deep cuts occasionally.

enigma4ever said...

this is such a wonderful post, your photo and the song....and such a lovely song..I used to sing this to my son...as a lullaby..and it always makes me cry..

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I wish we had pirate radio around here. All of our radio sucks balls even the NPR station, except when they play Democracy Now!

Blueberry said...

If you are looking for home grown (legal) online radio, I recommend www.live365.com. There's a free version, but I subscribe to the $5 per month version. Hundreds of "channels" of radio totally programmed by regular people with no agenda other than wanting to share their favorites (there's also talk, and old-time radio, you-name-it. Every genre you can think of.

I'm to to fire it up right now, as a matter of fact!