If you’re looking for a new summer playlist, look no further. Griffin’s Floral Design has you covered with a crop of songs inspired by flowers, plants and herbs. For ages, musical artists have built their songs around the natural world, taking their cue from the beauty they see around them and using the flora and fauna as fodder for some of our most beloved songs. From folk crooners to power balladiers, no one can resist the metaphoric potential of a gorgeous flower, whether it’s posing in a vase or growing wild and free.
Remember Seal’s 1991 hit Kiss From A Rose? We’re betting you do. This is just one of many songs devoted to our most cherished statement flower. Baroque and charming, this tune is a perfect bet for an easy afternoon by the pool with your sweetheart.
We’re going to miss Tom Petty, but his music lives on. And in this case, Wildflowers, the title track from the album of the same name, always feels fresh and cheerful. This is a great Sunday morning tune; its warm spirit and pretty lyrics about a girl so special she belongs among the wildflowers will have you in a great mood.
Who could forget The Mamas and The Papas’ San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)? Sung by Scott McKenzie in the summer of ’67, this track was designed to calm the fears of Monterey locals concerned that their town would be overrun by wild kids during a pop festival. If they arrived with flowers in their hair, the thinking went, the kids would be reflecting their peaceful spirit.
Bette Midler’s The Rose is one of those iconic tearjerkers that everyone loves for its overwrought lyrics and Midler’s soaring voice. It’s a classic singalong, perfect for an impromptu karaoke party in your backyard.
Speaking of crowd pleasers, Poison’s Every Rose Has Its Thorn is another one of those tunes that brings a group together. Have a barbecue and throw on this song to throw it back to the hair-band 80s. Everyone will thank you.