Thursday, 16 August 2018

Reading The Garden


Tonight when I got home, I decided to read and listen to Mike Nesmith's "The Garden". It's surreal and follows on from The Prison, The narrative is fairly simple and the story can be read as you listen to the album. The narrative is split into chapters that take as their influes seven paintings by Monet:

  1. The Artist's Garden of Giverny (1900)
  2. A Bend in the Epte River, Near Giverny (1888)
  3. Vertheuil in Summertime (1879)
  4. Valley of the Petite Creuse (1889)
  5. Poppy Field in a Hollow Near Giverny (1885)
  6. Wisteria (1920)
  7. Waterlilies and Japanese Bridge (1899)
The album clocks in at 55 minutes but it does seem to pass more quickly than that, or it seemed to for me. The Wiki page is here.

While you don't have to have read "The Prison" itis referred to many times in "The Garden" and it does help if you have experienced "The Prison" fully.

I enjoyed both, though I don't feel I have to reread either but can still enjoy the excellent music.

There isn't too much from either album on youtube so I have included the opener from "The Prison" to give you a taste.

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