Monday, April 9, 2012

In the garden

Andrew Marvell (1621–1678) writes in his 1681 poem “The Garden”:
What wond’rous life in this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons as I pass,
Ensnar’d with flow’rs, I fall on grass.
It’s not quite like that in my garden. The Black Homburg vine produced few luscious clusters, for one thing.  Otherwise it’s all good.  Apart from ever-reliable staples such as lettuce, beetroot, rhubarb etc, currently most productive are chillies(a dead heat – geddit? – between the serrano, jalapeno and cayenne), raspberries and passionfruit. Try as I might I can’t think of a way of combining the three in one dish.   

So here is Prince with “Raspberry Beret” from his 1985 album Around the World in a Day. Prince won’t let his real videos appear on YouTube so this is the Pop Up one with annoying visual pop-ups, but even so it is always a pleasure to see him, and also Lisa Coleman on keyboards and especially Wendy Melvoin on guitar:

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Just love this song, thank you!