It’s so easy to take for granted the beautiful things in the world around us. The past few days, as I’ve been making my usual drive to and from work, I’ve suddenly taken notice of the beauty of the wildflowers growing so abundantly by the side of Queensborough Road. It was the purple-mauve ones that first caught my eye; but when I slowed down to get a better look at them, I realized that there were also yellow flowers and white flowers, and all of them together in the long roadside grass were just so, so lovely. And they’d doubtless been lovely for days and weeks as the spring had advanced and turned into summer; but only just now had I taken notice of them.
But hey, speaking of songs, and wildflowers – and because it’s Friday night, when a little bit of music is called for – here are two very pretty songs, and both of them are titled Wildflowers.
The first is by Dolly Parton, and the only thing I’ll warn you about this video is to persevere past the first 45 seconds or so of the goofy intro (featuring Rich Little – remember him?). Once Dolly gets singing, it’s gorgeous:
And here’s a rough-around-the-edges (because it’s shot by someone in the audience) of Tom Petty performing his very pretty song called Wildflowers. (You can hear the recorded version here, but I kind of like the live take):
And I just think that these two delightful songs should remind us all to look around us at, as the old hymn says, “the beauties of the earth.” Even, and perhaps especially, something as simple as the wildflowers.