Six Songs That Make Me Think of Spring

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Man, I'll just be unladylike and say it: this winter needs to go f*** off already. 

For those of you who live in the warmer parts of the U.S., the rumors you've been hearing about us in the New England area are true: we're on the verge of being taken away to the funny farm in paddy wagons.

It isn't just the fact that in the the past 40 days or so we've received 7 feet of snow--enough to swallow a basketball player. It's that within that timeframe there's been virtually no melting. We've only had really one day where the temperature made it to 35 degrees--a heatwave! The thermometer taunts us lately, hovering just below freezing. Today it's 30 degrees and overcast. 

It's now March 1, and we're supposed to receive--you guessed it--more snow tonight. The sun is stronger than ever, the days are longer, and daylight savings begins in less than a week. But where is spring?

I've experienced some New England winters that had terrible snow amounts, but I've never lived through one where there wasn't some periods of melting--even if briefly--before the next cold wave and snowstorm hit. Fortunately, I live in a suburb of Boston and not the city itself--where many of the already narrow Back Bay streets are making drivers play chicken as they try to finagle their way around. 

So, what to do until Mother Nature catches up? Listen to music. Here are six songs that make me think of SPRING. It has to arrive sooner or later!

1. "Here Comes the Sun", The Beatles (1969)

A no-brainer. No explanation needed. I have the feeling a lot of people are going to be playing this one on repeat once that snow and sludge start budging. 

2. "On The Street Where You Live", Bobby Darin (1965)

This is from My Fair Lady but as usual, Bobby Darin brings his trademark bravado to this jaunty arrangement and yes, it does remind me of spring ("are there lilac trees in the heart of town?")

3. "Daydream", The Lovin' Spoonful (1965)

I can't wait until "it's one of those days for taking a walk outside." 

4. "Aquarius (Let the Sunshine In)", The Fifth Dimension (1969)

From the musical Hair, this song always makes me think of rebirth, new beginnings, and of course...sunshine. 

5. "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)", Simon & Garfunkle (1966)

It's impossible for me not to feel groovy whenever I hear this song. 

6. "Mr. Blue Sky", Electric Light Orchestra (1977)

One of my favorite ELO songs. This official music video was released in 2012 and differs slightly from the original 1977 release--the ending has been chopped off. 

What songs make you think of the new season?


  1. Aretha Franklin's Day Dreaming

  2. Personally, I'm waiting for every radio station to play a Janis Joplin favorite...Summertime! Hey...if you're gonna wish, might as well wish big! ...Jude


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