IT’S OVER! Eff you, winter, now it’s time for lots of rain, difficulty figuring out how to dress for the temperature fluctuations, sneezing, itching/watery eyes, and references to early 2000s Flash-based web toons!
PS – If you don’t get this Homestar Runner reference, boo.
That means spring! Ok, let’s find out what the gang likes to listen to on a lovely spring day!
First Day of Spring – Noah and the Whale
Great album, very well orchestrated, and some pretty cool harmonies. Also it is called the first day of spring sooooo….
Woman King – Iron and Wine
This album fell into my life during the springtime of my senior year in high school. It was the soundtrack to many a mowed lawn, and I especially loved the song Jezebel.
This Side – Nickel Creek
Nothing says springtime like ridiculously impossible mandolin riffs. Some of the instrumentals on this album beg to be listened to outside on a sunny day
Spring time always makes me think of sunny Sunday afternoons and finally being able to drive with the windows open, so my favorite spring music is my favorite driving music.
The new album In The Silence by Icelandic artist Asgeir is perfect for this, and is also my current favorite album.
Two of my other driving music standbys:
Hail To The Thief – Radiohead
Deep Cuts – The Knife
I don’t know where else to find this song…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQm7YpxgOnA
The video’s great, the lyrics are awesome. And on our many rainy days, I find it very uplifting to acknowledge the rain and just smile about it.
Eponymous – R.E.M.
This was one of those early albums where I knew a song or two, listened to the album and realized just because a song isn’t on the radio doesn’t mean it’s not my favorite. Radio Free Europe anyone? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hajTNk_6-XE
Maggot Brain – Funkadelic
I knew I was in for something different as soon as I heard George Clinton say, “Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time, for y’all have knocked her up. I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe. I was not offended. For I knew I had to rise above it all, or drown in my own shit.” The gentle love making of the seemingly endless guitar solo with stunning use of cavernous reverb and delay just hits me like I’m breathing sunshine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh3bleXWaCk
Lungs – Florence & the Machine
Discovered in spring of ’09, a time of big changes for me. It recalls feelings of empowerment, excitement, and romance (I was crushing pretty hard on the girl who gave me the record). Musically, it sounds like all those things, minus the romance and add a breakup. The opening harp of “Dog Days Are Over” always bring to mind a spring breeze and the chorus, a raised fist to those who have broken mine and Florence’s hearts.
Thistled Spring – Horse Feathers
This one is quite literal. The opening string arrangement conjures visions of seedlings tentatively, yet triumphantly, breaking through the winter ground and spring motifs are carried through the rest of the record in both instrumentation and lyrics. One of my favorite tracks, “Starving Robbins” literally contains the lyric, “Where’s the spring?”.
This album is effing amazing.
Shake Your Money Maker – The Black Crowes
This will always be a classic for me. Foot-tappin’ Southern blues rock. Turn it up, roll the windows down, enjoy. Fuzzy shuffling guitar riffs, tight snare, gospel backup singers, blues and soul abound. I literally had to put it on as I started to write this, the craving got so strong. And think about it, despite the fact that it was released in 1990, you still hear “Hard to Handle” once a week. (Yes, it’s a cover, but did you know it before this? Don’t be a troll).
The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile
Stuart Duncan is one of my top five favorite fiddle players. When spring begins, there is a variety of new flowers and greenery, a big fun variety of colors, and this album is a bit like that. It has a new sound because it is a collection of a variety of different genres and styles of playing.
Elko – RAILROAD EARTH
They’re from my home state of NJ and it’s an album I love listening to on long drives in nice weather with the windows rolled down.
The Bluegrass Sessions – Bella Fleck
It’s a great fusion of old and new bluegrass sounds. Some of the instrumentals are slow and thoughtful. It’s another album I bust out when the weather is warm.
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What’s YOUR favorite springtime music?
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