Beside a Garden Wall When Stars Are Bright – Stardust

DSCN2825Sitting on the back seat of my parent’s car when I was growing up, listening to my parents sing, I learned all the words to songs like Sunny Side of the Street and Melancholy Baby.  My father’s favorite song was Stardust. Hoagy Carmichael wrote it in 1927 and Mitchell Parish wrote the lyrics in 1929. As a writer, language is paramount; the words to Stardust are an inspiration because they remain beautiful, timeless and poignant. I’m sorry Parish is never referred to for his brilliance.  I can hear you asking, “Stepheny, what does this have to do with the photograph of your side garden?”

The lyrics to Stardust followed me there this morning as I took this photo.  I love this path lined with Nepeta and Lavender, flagstone steps wandering gently through the archway planted with Star Jasmine…the vine when blooming with little white flowers so fragrant. You may have seen this plant blooming in Charleston, SC.  The song seems to be part of my ‘letting go’ process as we approach moving day.

I hope you will take a moment and listen to Nat King Cole’s version of Stardust that I have provided below. When you hear the lovely richness in the words perhaps you will understand that these lyrics have attached themselves to my life bringing me comfort as my parent’s voices once did….that wandering down the lane and far away, nonetheless….leaves me with a song that will not die.


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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4 Responses to Beside a Garden Wall When Stars Are Bright – Stardust

  1. pbmgarden says:

    What a great post. Lovely song and memories. The stones of my side path are laid out in a similar manner, but with different plantings. Love the way you’ve used Nepeta.

  2. Tracy Moore says:

    Hello Stepheny, I did read your last three posts and am honored that you would like to use my poem here and give you permission to do so. I can understand the feeling of leaving something behind which you had poured so much love into and spent so much time tending. Best wishes to you. 🙂

    • I love your poem. I just read it again today after getting back to my blog. It felt so good to be writing again. You were generous to let me use it; it is now apart of my inner life and thinking about what is ahead after this move. Hope you are still writing yourself. Let me know. Many thanks!

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