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wonders never cease Friday, March 11, 2016

Spring in the Air

Rejoice, good people, for spring has sprung in our nation’s capital! Let's  throw off the shackles of wintery layers and woolen socks and wiggle our toes in new grown grass. Trees are flowering, sleeves are shortening, and our city's already dotted with camera-wielding tourists. The wise horticulturists of the National Park Service predict an early peak for our beloved cherry blossoms, somewhere between March 18th and 23rd. That’s next weekend, friends. Here's a list of springy songs to help prepare us for nature’s annual art show. Each is paired with a favorite quote about Spring. As always, there's a more bountiful collection of songs on the Spotify play list at the bottom of the post.


1. Concerning Past & Future Conquests – Vandaveer
“What a strange thing! To be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” - Kobayashi Issa

2. Springtime – The Michelles
“The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.”

- Emily Dickinson

3. Mr. Songbird – The Kinks
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” - Mark Twain

4. Spring (Among The Living) – My Morning Jacket
"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." - Charles Dickens

5. Daydream – The Lovin’ Spoonful
“If people did not love one another, I really don't see what use there would be in having any spring.” - Victor Hugo

6. Springtime – The Dove & the Wolf
“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” - Ernest Hemingway

7. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
- A.A. Milne

8. Spring – Tracy Chapman
“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” - Pablo Neruda

9. Sun Is Out – The Apples In Stereo
“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

10. See You In The Spring – Court Yard Hounds
“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” - George Santayana

11. Springtime Is The Season – Of Montreal
“Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.” - Virgil

12. Spring – Two Door Cinema Club
“In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” - Mark Twain

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