I awoke sometime in the middle of the night last night with the worst, most vivid and horrifying nightmare I’ve had. And it’s stuck with me all day.

To ease the memory of that, I’m sliding into an ambient track from, you guessed it, Brian and Roger Eno’s 2020 collaboration, Mixing Colours. Please also check out my latest post on a piece from this album (“Wintergreen“); there you’ll see an explanation about the international initiative and competition held to promote the album and invite the submission of videos to accompany the tracks.

The video for today’s selection, “Vermillion,” was voted the winner among the submissions for the track. The simple, short film accompaniment is a comforting and, I’d say, magical reminder of my sweety’s summer garden. Each year its rich display of foliage, flowers and colours changes each day with new growth. And it seems so long ago that I was wandering aimlessly around the yard and taking it in, knowing it would not stay that way, that we would bid it adieu in the autumn. It’s miracle when I think about it now, looking out on the lifeless stalks and leaves that lay frozen on the ground, though some of the faded leaves still invite a rabbit that, in the spring and summer, decided our yard is a good and tasty home.

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 video competition winner for “Vermillion” by Fiona Finnegan of Belfast, Northern Ireland, from the Mixing Colour website (hosted on the Deutsche Grammophon YouTube channel):

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