Music Monday: The Impending Equinox

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! As you may or may not know, this week we arrive at the Vernal Equinox, which means the long, long, long winter is finally, officially over. So in the brief window between jackets and shorts, we get to celebrate Spring! Scott's mix this week is a nice look at songs to get us in the mood for open windows and sunny afternoons. We'll start with a woman who was made for spring… the great Blossom Dearie!

Blossom Dearie - Might As Well Be Spring

 

This tiny-voiced jazz singer just bubbles out French over the piano, and in a way that makes you feel the flowers peeping up through the city snow. If you're a Francophobe, you can also check out a different Spring song in English but there's just something about the one I posted.

After the jump, four more songs to get you ready for the sunny weather up ahead. See you there...

Remember our Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Pop Songs That Are Questions and we've got to ask: why aren't you listening? Just please, before you go do that, check out our current Music Monday below.

Donna Summer - Spring Affair

 

Disco has proven to be more important than anyone expected, but this Donna Summer song was never really what anyone could call "a hit." Still, Giorgio Moroder's got the production he was known for bringing, and disco strings always sort of feel like a warm Spring night, don't they? I kinda like this song, but it's not one of her greatest. Also stick around until the end for the saddest little round of applause in rock history.

Stan Getz - Spring Is Here

 

The brassy sound of a sax through an open window? Well, that sounds like Spring to me. In this instrumental, you can almost imagine listening to a stranger playing across the way on the first warm night since you-can't-remember-when. Restful, peaceful, lovely. Just like spring.

Lou Rawls - Spring Again

 

Put this on your iPod and take a walk through the park, and you might get to witness what Lou's describing in real time. Bonus point: a reference to Daylight Savings Time. What other soul song manages to make THAT seem romantic?

My Bloody Valentine - We Have All The Time In The World

 

Yes, this IS a cover of a song from a rarely-seen James Bond movie, but the MBV version seems much more seasonal to me. This isn't a song for the beach or a song for a snowy day, this is the kind of song for that day when you're noticing the first robin or debating when to wash the living room windows. There's plenty of time now. We've made it through the worst of it. It's spring! HUZZAH!

Come say goodbye to winter and warm up in our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.