Song of the Day, February 4: Green by Barbara Manning
February 4, 2016 Leave a comment
Today’s song is Barbara Manning’s Green. It appears on her 1991 mini-masterpiece One Perfect Green Blanket. Manning’s liner notes indicate that the song was “recorded on a particularly sad day”. With just a clarinet and bass accompanying her vocal and acoustic guitar, it’s a quiet, almost somber affair that captures that spirit nicely. Using green rather than the typical blue to reflection her sadness, she engages in a bit of synesthetic exploration, giving the color a variety of attributes — “green is a cat’s purr,” for example. It’s a sweet, sad package that distills an emotional moment in a unique, resonant way.
Enjoy this sad song today.