As you know, I’m trying to grow some “skeleton flowers” – Diphylleia Grayi, to be more precise – and in addition to adding soil and fertilizer and sunlight and whatnot, I thought my plants deserved some soothing audiophonic music. I’ve heard of such studies where relaxing music can actually cause plants to grow larger and bloom brighter; so why not try growing these plants with their own specific K-Chuck Radio blogcast?
Sounds like a plan to me, don’tcha think?
All right, little plants, let’s start with…
This woman’s voice is incredible. I have absolutely no idea what she’s saying in these lyrics (sorry, my Māori is a bit rusty), but damn this track is super-awesome. Grow, little plants…
JUN FUKAMACHI AND NEW YORK ALL STARS
Every plant needs a stirring, soulful jazz excursion with pianos and soft drums and flowing melodies. And this track by Japanese fusion artist Jun Fukamachi is one of his best.
THE PAUL WINTER CONSORT
Every time I hear this track, I am reminded of the “Chronicles of Change” movie that the New York State Museum used to show every single day. Wish I could see that film again…
THE VINCE GUARALDI TRIO
Manha de Carnaval
If you only know Vince Guaraldi as the composer of the music for all those Charlie Brown and Snoopy TV specials, get yourself a copy of Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus and have your mind expanded. I’m serious.
This Top 40 hit was a beautifully mysterious “world music” track, with sampled voices and ethereal beats. Almost like the music is speaking upon a higher plane of existence than the one we experience.
THE MELACHRINO STRING ORCHESTRA
George Melachrino was one of the most accomplished violinists and conductors of his time, and his Melachrino Strings Orchestra albums would have been the main playlist of any “beautiful music” radio station in the 1960’s or 1970’s.
City Lights (Main Suite)
You know of Chaplin as one of the greatest stars of early motion pictures. He was a writer, actor, director and producer without equal. And what people might not know about Chaplin – is that he also composed the scores for most of his motion pictures, with City Lights being the first to have Chaplin’s music wedded to the film itself, rather than to be played by an organist at the theater. This is one of his most beautiful suites, and it’s from one of my all-time favorite Chaplin films.
THE FRONT PORCH STRINGS
What grows in the ground? Grass. What color is the sky? Blue. Therefore, plants should enjoy listening blue grass – er, bluegrass – music. Especially if it sounds as awesome as the Front Porch String Band does on this track.
Now I promise you – if you put your computer speaker next to your plants, and you play these tracks to them, along with good hearty doses of fertilizer and water and sunshine … your plants will grow stronger and more beautiful than you could ever imagine.
From your radio station that totally full of chlorophyll… K-Chuck Radio!!