Friday, June 5, 2015

Green Songs from The Past

A friend of mine who runs a gardening company mentioned that today is 'World Environment Day'. The mention triggered a trail of songs that I heard and loved in my childhood about plants, gardens and the environment. 


The very first time I heard this song was as a little toddler. There was some party at home, and my dad and his very musical siblings got together and sung in fantastic harmony this beautiful melody. A few days later, my dad was in the mood for music. He pulled out the guitar, got my eldest sister, brother and me together, and started strumming this song.

We were quite confused with what was happening, but about an hour later, the three of us got our parts quite well set in. And showcased this song, at many many events that we were called on to sing. I can still visualize myself at 7 in this trio, singing to an audience of at least 200 to 300 people and the applause we received.   

Green Green Grass of Home

A warm summer day in 1979, the first days of our family holiday in Mangalore, staying in the guest room of a convent, we got together again to learn this song with two 'greens'. The Green Green Grass of Home. I've heard the song many times on radio and everytime I hear it, I'm transported back into that room, working out the song. 

And how true that feeling is to be back home. Shifted back to Mumbai after 15 years in Dubai, and wow, what a feeling it is. The greenery around, the birds chirping all day and even at night, and lots more to make you feel at home. 

Let us all pledge on this World Environment Day, to do our little bit for the environment so that the Greenfields are not lost, and our children too can enjoy the Green Green Grass of Home. 

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