Good Year for the Roses

Today: spring, day #2! It was lovely here in Winnipeg, Canada; not quite as warm as my cycling day yesterday, but moving in the right direction. Sweety raked the grass, leaving the flower beds alone as we’ve read that it’s best to leave those until the temperature is consistently above 10C (50F) for a few days, so as not to disrupt bees that overwinter (in the ground, we think?).

Meanwhile, I vacuumed the house while using noise-cancelling, though wired, headphones (so sometimes the cord gets pulled out when caught on something), listening to the playlist that contains all the songs I’ve blogged about. A few times I thought, wow, that’s a great song… I should blog about it… oh, wait… I did. (Ours is a two-and-a-half-storey home, so it takes a long time to do it proper-like, and I don’t often feel like doing it. It always looks so much better once I finish though; quite satisfying in that way. And, of course, music helps.)

After we finished all our outside/inside work, I was looking for a song to send your way today and when cruising through some Apple ‘Genius’ mixes based on other songs, came upon Elvis Costello’s “Good Year for the Roses” — Apple’s algorithms put the song on a list based on Teddy Thompson’s “In My Arms.” 

The title of today’s tune grabbed my attention due to the garden reference, and though it’s not a happy tune as the title might infer, I thought it was worth featuring. I have it in my digital collection as it’s part of the album, Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions. And strangely, I don’t think I’d ever heard the song before. (If you’re a follower of this blog, you’ll have read that before.)

I remember Costello from my young adult years, as he and his band the attractions gained popularity starting in 1977 with songs like, “Watching the Detectives” and I remember him being a powerful force on the music scene.

The song sounds like it wants to have a bit of country “twang,” but then he did do a somewhat obscure album of country covers in Nashville, in 1981 called Almost Blue, so there’s that. I have the vinyl for that, but no, I’m not sure I’ve listened to it.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the official video of the song from Elvis Costello’s YouTube channel:

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