My neck of the woods experienced some serious winds this weekend, and the trees didn’t like it. Trees fell across streets, landed on houses, crushed cars, and otherwise created very tall mayhem. Around 4 a.m. those powerful winds knocked down a cedar tree in my backyard, and that sumbitch took my internet and power with it, which is why you had no true tale of liquor, lust, and primer gray Camaros this Monday.
This was one serious tree. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was over 8 feet around, and prior to falling it must have stood 50 feet high. This cedar was the tallest object on my property, which made it a convenient landmark while walking, running, or cycling along the river. Aside from that, it also provided well over 90 percent of my office’s shade.
It probably seems a little strange to mourn the death of a tree, but they become like family, or at least the biggest house plants you’ll ever own. The world is filled with giants: They’re just very still and very quiet. Whenever one is lost, it’s a sad day.
Anyway, tree songs.
“Tree Hugger,” Kimya Dawson and Antsy Pants.
“Sycamore Trees,” Angelo Badalamenti.
“The Shade of the Cedar Tree,” Christian McBride.
“Seed To A Tree,” Blind Melon.
“Little Tree,” Shonen Knife.
“Lime Tree Arbour,” Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
“The Hum-Gum Tree,” World Of Oz.
“Fruit Tree,” Nick Drake.
There you have it: Eight songs about trees from my personal playlist. What did I miss? Don’t be in a rush, and don’t assume someone else will tie a ribbon around my request. Just tell me what I missed. I’m listening.