Bare Trees

I’ve been a little concerned about the two dead poplar trees in my backyard. I’ve been debating on what to do with them – whether to cut them down or just leave them be. I worry that the dead trees might carry some disease that could spread to other trees. Cutting them down might save the other trees, but could also wreak havoc on the natural habitat of wildlife, who don’t seem to mind or care about the health of the trees. Woodpeckers might even prefer they be dead. Obviously, I’d rather they be healthy, but there is one advantage to a dead tree – it doesn’t shed leaves. No raking! And that’s alright by me.

And my bare trees remind me of one of my favorite albums of the 70’s by the same name – The Fleetwood Mac 1972 classic,  Bare Trees. I’m a Spotify user, the website that streams music with a catalog of millions of songs, many millions more than Pandora. You can find virtually any song or album you’ve ever loved and new music that’s just been released. But one thing you can’t find is the album Bare Trees, or the song, Bare Trees.  It’s as if the album had been cut down or something. I don’t understand why it is not available while most of the other Fleetwood Mac albums are.  What a great album with some memorable songs including Sentimental Lady, a song written by Bob Welch that incidentally is available on Spotify under his name, not Fleetwood Mac’s.

Fleetwood Mac and Genesis Album Cover Art


It’s been such a grey day in these New England parts.  Such a grey day…, but beautiful.   Got me thinking about one of my favorite albums of the 70’s, Fleetwood Mac’s Bare Trees. The last cut on the lp is entitled “Thoughts on a Grey Day” a poem written and recited by an elderly woman with a British accent.  The poem alone is reason enough to buy the album and the music is a perfect transition from the 60’s to the 70’s – it really captures the essence of the times both in mood and spirit.

And here in New England, the trees are not yet bare, but the grey sky today foreshadows the annual event.

And as I recalled the poem and the album, what struck me is how similar the album cover is to another one of my favorite lp’s of the the 70’s, Wind & Wuthering, a vastly underrated Genesis classic.