Thunderstorms broke the heat yesterday, and I took advantage of the lull to do a chore I’d been putting off for weeks: pruning and tidying up in the backyard. And of course, I made a nice big brush pile for the composting truck. This is the kind of job that gives you a sense of accomplishment, in a way drawing and writing just can’t do.
My brush pile is mostly made up of four plants:
wild grape, silver maple, mulberry and bamboo. You can see all four in this image.
This fallen branch looks like some kind of green dragon, giant snake, or primitive alligator. (You can’t shut off that pesky imagination!)
Of course, you can’t clear and pile brush without appropriate supervision.
It’s not a very interesting job.
And you can’t work without music. My brush pile playlist, mixing complete albums and some of my “select cuts” lists:
- B-52s: The B-52s
- Donald Fagen: Morph the Cat
- The Loving Spoonful: Best of
- select cuts from The Clash, Neil Young, Steely Dan, the Smiths
- all Beatles cuts from before Revolver.
Shuffle this up for a nice custom playlist to work with. It’ll set a good pace without pushing you too hard. Be careful out there; it’s already starting to get hot again.