Very English Sounds of Summer - Virginia Astley

From Gardens Where We Feel Secure

I'm rather looking forward to boiled eggs and toast soldiers for breakfast this morning. It's a fine, bright day, so I might just throw on my house coat and breakfast outside in the grounds of Tweed Towers.

The perfect musical accompaniment for eating boiled eggs outdoors at this time of year would have to be From Gardens Where We Feel Secure by English songwriter and musician Virginia Astley.

The album, From Gardens Where We Feel Secure [Amazon] was recorded in 1983. It's a mostly instrumental evocation of a hot summer's day from morning to dusk, capturing, almost hesitantly, and certainly dreamily, the gentle sounds of an idyllic English summer.

The last re-release of the album was in 2005 on the Rough Trade label. If it's deleted again, you may have to take the Japanese import option; they cherish this album, as should we.


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