There’s nothing quite like the onset of summer to put us in the mood for music. Every year, performers release albums and songs that seem designed for the season, all vying to become the top tracks of the summer. These tunes are often catchy and created in the season’s spirit, capturing its playful, lazy vibe. Nanz and Kraft Florists has put together one such playlist for you, and of course it is inspired by flowers. In fact, since what seems like forever, musical artists have felt compelled to sing about the natural world, taking titles, lyrics and subject matter from flowers, plants and herbs. The result? Some of our most beloved songs.
Take Poison’s Every Rose Has Its Thorn for instance. This 80’s rock ballad has Bret Michaels belting out a lament over betrayal and lost love. We can all relate, and when you play this at your barbecue, everyone will want to sing along.
Edith Piaf’s version of La Vie En Rose might be the first, but it was certainly not the last. Everyone from Dean Martin to Donna Summer has covered this gorgeous tune, a beautiful song to slow dance to on the back porch after cocktails with your sweetie.
If you haven’t heard Jeff Buckley’s haunting Lilac Wine, do yourself a favor and download it now. From 1994’s Grace album, Buckley’s enchanting voice seems made for a twilight rendezvous or a dinner under the stars. For a slightly edgier take, listen to Nina Simone’s cover.
Miranda Lambert’s Virginia Bluebell is one of those hopeful, encouraging tracks that will lift your spirit. Play this on a day spent cleaning the house when you’d rather be outdoors or relaxing. It will keep you feeling optimistic all day long.
Perhaps one of the famous odes to flower wear of all time, The Mamas and the Papas San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) was sung by Scott McKenzie in 1967. It reflects the trend to decorating one’s hair with flower crowns, but in reality, it was a song devised to quell the fears of Monterey locals who feared their town would be overrun by crazy kids. The crazy kids in question? Hippies coming to attend a pop festival. The song invited them to put flowers in their hair to show their peaceful, non-disruptive spirit.