flowers and music

Smooth Jazz music, roses, and tulips... What a wonderful world! Flowers and music are often talked about in the same vein. If flowers are a breath of heaven on earth, so too is music. Listening to soothing music and taking in the fragrance of fresh flowers can rejuvenate anyone. Any celebration devoid of music is robbed of its full glory. The music ties everything together -- the decorations; the flowers; and the theme in general.

The relationship between flowers and music is not just limited to celebrations. Flowers influence music in many other ways. Broadly speaking, the influence of flowers on music can be seen in two respects viz.,

  • Reference to flowers in the songs, lyrics or the music composed.
  • Songs or albums named after flowers.

Nature in general, and flowers in particular, has had a significant impression on some of the music styles, especially country music. References to flowers in country songs are not uncommon. That the hippie culture of the 60´s was greatly influenced by changing music styles is well known. For the hippies, flowers also were a part of their lives. Because many hippies wore flowers in their hair and distributed flowers to passersby. these children earned the alternative name, "flower children", one that symbolizes peace and love.

Reference to nature and flowers is felt most in the songs sung by aboriginal tribes who inhabit forests. Many such examples are found among Yakamas, Hopis, American Indians of Americas, Andamanese, Bhils, Gonds, Khasis, Chenchus, Todas of tribal India and such other tribals around the world. Many researches on folklore studies suggest that the natives spontaneously sing songs and play music on flowers and such other natural objects out of their love for the nature in the midst of which they live. Wild flowers served as the objects in most of the aboriginal songs and music.

There are many instances where in albums of music or songs and even musical festivals are named after flowers. For instance, Wildflower! is a multi-day eclectic arts and music festival in Texas that draws over 50,000 attendees. Wildflower! arts and music festival got its name from the March through May celebration season when wild flowers blossom through out the city of Richardson. Here, naming an art and musical festival after flowers showcases the importance given to flowers and their blooming seasons.

One can understand the importance of flowers in Chinese culture from the very fact that there are many commercial music collections which convey the diverse characteristics of flowers to listeners, For instance, in one such collections named "Tea with Flower Fragrance", the musician composes for different features of tea and associates the music with sounds of nature, such as flowing of streams, chirps of insects and birds, and the beating of waves. Listening to music, the listener may enjoy himself in the world of flowers.

Flower days are another occasion as well as a market place where music finds a significant place along with flowers. However flowers are´nt associated with music in an obvious sort of way, except that music is used to promote interest in flowers.

Besides, flowers form the best of the decor for countryside music and dance performances and aboriginal music performances are also no exception to flower decoration. Flower adornments are also common in many traditional musical performances. Flowers and music are thus inseparably intertwined with each other and together form the core of art.