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garden tunes


Sometimes when I'm weeding or planting or harvesting with my students, we listen to the birds sing a concert for us. Other times, we sing to each other and sometimes, I like to play music to pass the time. Here's a sampling of some garden tunes. (Thank you to master musician,
William Norman, for helping to compose this list!)

Flower - Amos Lee

The Garden Song - David Mallett

Flowers - Leon Bridges

Fields of Gray - Bruce Hornsby

For the Roses - Joni Mitchell

Let It Grow - Eric Clapton

In the Garden - Van Morrison

Flowers in Your Hair - The Lumineers

Tree by the River - Iron and Wine

Fields of Gold - Sting

Bye, Bye, Blackbird - Miles Davis

The Bluebird of Happiness - Jan Peerce

La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf

Inchworm - Danny Kaye

Buzz-Buzz-Buzz - The Hollywood Flames

Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day, The Jackson Five

Summertime, Summertime - The Jamies

Yellow Bird - Harry Belafonte, Kingston Trio

The Rhythm of the Rain - The Cascades

Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds

Rain On The Roof - The Lovin' Spoonful

Dandelion - The Rolling Stones

Where Have All The Flowers Gone - Pete Seeger

April Come She Will - Simon and Garfunkel

Leaves That Are Green - Simon and Garfunkel

Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles

Blackbird - The Beatles

Rain - The Beatles

Mother Nature's Son - The Beatles

Octopus's Garden - The Beatles

Thorn Tree In The Garden - Derek and the Dominos

Let It Rain - Eric Clapton

Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens

Summer Breeze - Seals and Croft

Hummingbird - Seals and Croft

The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin

Tend My Garden - The James Gang

Flowers In The Rain - The Move

Take Me To The River - Al Green, Talking Heads

Sunshine On My Shoulders - John Denver

Fly Away - John Denver

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson

Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra

Sun Is Shining - Bob Marley

The Rose - Bette Midler

Nothing But Flowers - Talking Heads

The River - Bruce Springsteen

Waiting On A Sunny Day - Bruce Springsteen

Beautiful Day - U2

I'm Like A Bird - Nelly Furtado

Dandelion - Kacey Musgraves

June Hymn - The Decemberists

featured garden tune!


someone who believes

By Nicole Alifante, Rob Riech and Isaac Raz

Verse One

I look up at the night sky, the stars glimmer on

Telling me how bright we can burn

Just an illusion, who’s right and who’s wrong

Can’t be what we’re here to learn

La la la la la

La la la la la 



Oh, I am someone, someone who believes in the rivers that flow into the seas

And the mountains and the sunshine breathing over me


Verse Two

I look into the clouds and they’re flying so high

With secrets that they’re carrying

And all the dreams unspoken, live in a sigh

And I know the world is listening

La la la la la

La la la la la


Oh, I am someone, someone who believes in the rivers
that flow

into the seas

And the mountains and the sunshine breathing over me



Just when I feel like nothing is exactly what it’s supposed to be

That’s when I’m thankful for the BEAUTY that

surrounds me


Verse Three

Listen to the ocean, peaceful and strong

Whispering her deep mysteries

And all the sandy footsteps dancing along

Needing only gravity


Chorus (2x)

Yeah, I am someone, someone who believes in the rivers that flow into the seas

And the mountains and sunshine breathing over me, over me, ooohhh

La la la la la la la la la

By Nicole Alifante, Songwriter

meet the songwriter, nicole alifante

I have had the privilege of hearing
sing a few times and trust
me, when
you do, it is a treat! Her
voice is really
beautiful. I love and
listen to music all the time – and
singing and dancing is something
I often do while gardening
with my students. So I got this idea.
I asked Nicole if I could share a
song she wrote here on my website.
My hope is that she will visit one
of the gardens
where I teach and sing with us!

Here is a bit about Nicole...

Nicole Alifante was a professional actress in NYC for over a decade. She stepped away from her career to stay home with her son. During her days as an actress, Nicole was always singing in bands in NYC. When she moved to Westchester, she founded the Tessera String Band, Madalyn and Nicole and she just released her first solo album, LA LA LA. Her title track was featured on 107.1, The Peak. She continues to build her songwriting catalogue. Recently, Nicole can been seen singing jazz standards with The Ken Dircks Trio in local Westchester haunts. She is also working on a contemporary musical with playwright, Stephanie Stowe. You can learn more about Nicole at

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