Song of the Day, December 31: Plant White Roses by Kelly Hogan

HoganMerrittRosesToday’s song is an inspired cover from Kelly Hogan’s I Like to Keep Myself In Pain. Stephin Merritt wrote Plant White Roses for his first Magnetic Fields album, Distant Plastic Trees. It was cut from later releases of the disc, becoming one of his famous “obscurities”. When Hogan began assembling material for her 2012 album, she asked her talented friends for contributions. Merritt offered her his roses.

It’s a song of yearning — “plant white roses and plan to cry” — a sort of urban country punk. With Hogan’s amazing voice giving it a barely restrained delivery it becomes a quirky torch song. Somehow it seems as though Merritt wrote it just for her, a tribute both to his writing and her singing.

Enjoy this great song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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