Song of the Day #1,041: ‘Flowers in the Window’ – Travis

It’s funny how sometimes you lose track of an artist. As a rule, I buy pretty much every new release by the musicians in my collection, the exceptions being those artists who proved to have only one or two strong albums among many. But in those cases, I usually came to that conclusion after trying to keep up with their output and realizing I was seeing diminishing returns.

Sometimes, though, I’ll be right there with a band or singer and then somehow lose sight of them. I owned and loved every Dar Williams album, for example, when one day I realized she’d released two more records without me even knowing.

Certainly I can lay the blame on the marketing. If I don’t see an announcement of a new CD, how can I plan to buy it? But I feel it’s only right that I shoulder some of the blame. It’s a fan’s job to keep up with his favorites. I let Dar Williams down, not the other way around.

Travis is a perfect example. I’m a big fan of the Scottish band’s first four releases. I’ve long claimed that they are superior to two far more celebrated bands to whom they’re often compared, Coldplay and Radiohead. And yet, if you had asked me yesterday, I would have guessed that their last release was 2003’s 12 Memories.

Instead, I found out today, they’ve released two new albums since then, including one in 2008 (Ode to J. Smith) that is among their best-reviewed records yet. Is it possible that I never came across a reference to those releases in any of the multiple music magazines and websites I read? Or did I just suddenly not care?

Listening to today’s song, one of my favorites from 2001’s The Invisible Band, it’s hard for me to imagine I wouldn’t have stayed in lock step with everything Travis released. This is a sweet love song that lead singer Fran Healy often dedicated to the couples in his audiences who are expecting children. He co-wrote it with an unbilled Paul McCartney.

When I first held you I was cold
A melting snowman I was told
But there was no-one there to hold before
I swore that I would be alone for ever more

Wow look at you now
Flowers in the window
It’s such a lovely day
And I’m glad you feel the same
Cause to stand up, out in the crowd
You are one in a million
And I love you so
Let’s watch the flowers grow

There is no reason to feel bad
But there are many seasons to feel glad, sad, mad
It’s just a bunch of feelings that we have to hold
But I am here to help you with the load

Wow look at you now
Flowers in the window
It’s such a lovely day
And I’m glad you feel the same
Cause to stand up, out in the crowd
You are one in a million
And I love you so
Let’s watch the flowers grow

So now we’re here and now is fine
So far away from there and there is time, time, time
To plant new seeds and watch them grow
So there’ll be flowers in the window when we go

Wow look at us now
Flowers in the window
It’s such a lovely day
And I’m glad you feel the same
Cause to stand up, out in the crowd
You are one in a million,
And I love you so
Let’s watch the flowers grow

Wow look at you now
Flowers in the window
Its such a lovely day
And I’m glad you feel the same
Cause to stand up, out in the crowd
You are one in a million
And I love you so
Let’s watch the flowers grow
Let’s watch the flowers grow

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,041: ‘Flowers in the Window’ – Travis

  1. Dana says:

    How many “favorite” artists can one have, let alone keep track of? I think that you suffer from having too many favorites. It may not be too hard to keep track of a few or even a dozen artists, but if your “favorites” list swells to 50 or 100, then who can blame you for not keeping track of each new release from each one?

    Nice song, and I believe I have heard a few other songs from Travis that I like here and there. They do seem to be more to my liking than Coldplay or Radiohead.

  2. Clay says:

    Well, there are different levels of favorites. Certainly I have a group of 10-20 artists that I enjoy most and easily keep track of. But that doesn’t mean I don’t find great value in the rest of my music.

  3. Amy says:

    First, yes, give me Travis a hundred times over Radiohead and Coldplay.

    Second, as I’ve said time and again, give yourself a break. There is just too, too much to keep up with – books, movies, tv shows, albums – how can one possibly be expected to keep track of everything that might be worthy of interest? I do think that marketing is also a huge part of it, as is word of mouth. If you had close friends who were huge Travis fans, you likely would have gotten wind of the new album from them, if not from the most recent issue of Rolling Stone.

    All that said, I’m really digging today’s SOTD, so I, for one, appreciate this blog as one incredibly enjoyable way that I remain less in the dark than I would otherwise be!

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