Mother Earth's Plantasia LP by Mort Garson

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If you purchased a snake plant, asparagus fern, peace lily, or what have you from Mother Earth on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles (or bought a Simmons mattress from Sears) in 1976, you also took home Plantasia, an album recorded especially for plants. Subtitled “warm earth music for plants...and the people that love them,” it was full of bucolic, charming, stoner-friendly, decidedly unscientific tunes enacted on the new-fangled device called the Moog. 
Composer Mort Garson
Label Sacred Bones Records
Property Plantasia
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Vinyl color Green Vinyl
Before Brian Eno did it, Mort Garson was making discreet music. Julliard- educated and active as a session player in the post-war era, Garson wrote lounge hits, scored the 1969 moon-landing and plush arrangements for Doris Day, and garlanded weeping countrypolitan strings around Glen Campbell’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” 

But as his daughter Day Darmet recalls: “When my dad found the synthesizer, he realized he didn’t want to do pop music anymore.” Garson encountered Robert Moog and his new device at the Audio Engineering Society’s West Coast conven- tion in 1967 and immediately began tinkering with the device. 

“My mom had a lot of plants,” Darmet says. “She didn’t believe in organized religion, she believed the earth was the best thing in the whole world. Whatever created us was incredible.” And she also knew when her husband had a good song. Novel as it might seem, Plantasia is simply full of good tunes. 


Side A
  1. Plantasia (3:23)
  2. Symphony for a Spider Plant (2:41)
  3. Baby’s Tears Blues (3:03)
  4. Ode to an African Violet (4:04)
  5. Concerto For Philodendron And Pothos (3:09)

Side B
  1. Rhapsody In Green (3:28)
  2. Swingin’ Spathiphyllums (2:59)
  3. You Don’t Have To Walk A Begonia (2:31)
  4. A Mellow Mood For Maidenhair (2:17)
  5. Music To Soothe The Savage Snake Plant (3:23)