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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.



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LarryLars


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"Here Comes The Sun" - The Beatles

The quintessential song anouncing the arrival of spring! The lyrics are pure and simple.
Some bits:
"it's been a long cold lonely winter"
"the smiles returning to the faces"
"I feel that ice is slowly melting"
"Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right"

The music is just awesome; it really puts you into that spring feeling!




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chicken0102


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"Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky (which accompanies the ballet of the same name). In the original 1913 performance, the music and choreography was deemed scandalous, causing a near riot in the audience.

mossygreen


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Sometimes I miss Lou Rawls for no reason. Today, I have a reason--thanks Scott!

strawhousepig


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Not specifically spring related, but the springiest I could think of.

The Hanson Brothers - Get It Right Back - YouTube

Library Voices - Generation Handclap - YouTube

mossygreen


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First and most obvious thought: Easter Theatre by XTC

I'm pretty sure Lydia Lunch never wrote a song about Spring, but surely The Incredible String Band did.

Well, we can say goodbye to winter with Tyrannosaurus Rex's The Throat of Winter.

CowboyDann


quality posts: 716 Private Messages CowboyDann

Let's go for the easy ones.

Springtime for Hitler
Listen Scott, I know you really wanted to include this one, but The Man wouldn't let you, so I'm more than happy to post this on your behalf.

Here comes the sun - The Beatles

Edit: Sorry larrylars, I didn't check all the posts before posting. Great choice

cjhughes


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Since it's the day after St. Patrick's Day, I'll toss out The Rambles of Spring by Makem & Clancy.

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle,
I no longer despair for the future of the human race. H.G. Wells
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CatCK


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How about a little bit of Elvis.

"Spring Fever" from the movie, "Girl Happy"

klynb


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k.d. lang - I Dream Of Spring. As do I, it's supposed to snow again this weekend.

Moueska


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Does "Age of Aquarius" count?

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