Music has always been central in my life. After Larry left for Vietnam, it was especially important. I listened to our music on our hi-fi after Larry left and on the hi-fi at The Menninger Clinic in the patient lounge.
A favorite was “Rose Garden” recorded by Lynn Anderson. Here’s a video of Anderson singing the song.
Anderson’s version of “Rose Garden” is one of the most successful country crossover recordings ever. It was released in October, 1970, the same month and year I admitted myself to The Menninger Clinic.
When Anderson was interviewed about “Rose Garden,” she said, “I believe that ‘Rose Garden’ was released at just the right time. People were trying to recover from the Vietnam years. The message in the song—that if you just take hold of life and go ahead, you can make something out of nothing—people just took to that.”