Current listening: Prince “Sometimes it snows in April”

It has been snowing in England the last few days. Not in any very major way but it is still pretty late in the year for it to happen. As I look out of the window smallish flakes are gently drifting down onto the bright pink of the viburnum bodnantense and canary yellow of the jasminum nudiflorum. Strange bedfellows. The cloches in the vegetable patch have been topped with a duvet of snow, the lettuce snug underneath. This song comes to mind for obvious reasons. It has always been one of my favourite tracks by Prince, from his glory days of the late eighties and is a song that frequently ends up swilling around my head, usually for no apparent reason. The start sometimes sounds like it is about to turn into some kind of raga with its eastern tones and then it turns into this beautiful piano and guitar acoustic lament. The first time I heard “Bed Of Roses” by The Lilac Time back in 1989 it immediately put me in mind of “Sometimes it snows in April” and since then the two songs have been inextricably linked in my head. I can’t hear one without thinking of the other. Maybe its the chords used or maybe its my imagination. I think there are sections in each song which are very similar. They certainly do sound good back to back. Ten minutes of real beauty.

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