I am grateful that there have not actually been any blues to shake away here, although there was an almost palpable feeling of relief when the hardest part of one of our current projects was safely achieved yesterday, ending the edginess that had hovered during the last week as it progressed.
No, it was another of those often wretched earworms, which popped into my head as soon as I began collecting blue blooms for today’s vase. Some of you may recall from previous mentions that I belong to a women’s barbershop choir, and ‘Shaking the blues away’, an Irving Berlin song which appeared in several musicals including ‘Easter Parade’ and ‘Holiday Inn’, is one of the songs in our repertoire. This was a more welcome earworm, however, one which I toyed with over the course of the next few hours, news our director-and-often-reader-of-this-blog would no doubt be pleased to hear. Sadly, choirs of any description are one of the many casualties of Covid-19, and we have no idea when we might be able to sing together again…
The musical blues I picked and shoved into this blue glass bottle are Echinops ‘Blue Glow’, Clematis heracleifolia ‘New Love’ and dependable annual clary ‘Oxford Blue’. This clematis is one of the shrubby varieties, very unlike the majority of other types, and grows to around 120cm and has a slight fragrance. One of our visitors was still struggling to be convinced it was indeed a clematis, even when I went to get the catalogue to show her!
I am not completely happy with the bottle as a receptacle, apart from the tight squeeze, and felt something shorter would have been more in proportion, but there was no happy medium to be found. The prop is sheet music for the earworm, although in truth most of us don’t use the sheet music to learn our songs as we have digital teaching tracks to learn from and, once learned, we don’t use words or sheet music at all and, like all barbershop singing, we sing unaccompanied.
Are there flowers or other materials in your garden you could pick to pop in a vase today, with or without an earworm? If you would like to share them with us, please leave links to and from this post.