March 26, 2012

Playlist for Spring

Well, it has happened, hasn't it? I woke up today with a sunbeam in my eye and a chorus of birds (in addition to the usual grunting pigeons) were cheerfully announcing this fine Monday morning. My first breath of outdoor air smelled of cut grass, muddy water, and sun-baked pavement. I'm not sure about all of you, but the deciding factor in my mind of when the season has changed is not determined by a calendar date or even a change in the weather. It is determined by the change in the smell of the air. 

Spring has sprung.

For so many of us, spring is a promise of the shorts, swimsuits, and sunglasses yet to come in the future months. It means that not only is spring here, but summer is almost here. Spring means, "It's only a matter of time before my time is mine again. Viva la vacation!"

For Josh and I, however, spring and the summer to follow mean the end of our vacation and the return to "real life." We will be working hard all summer long to pay for this semester and our final two semesters at college before entering the workforce doing our "real jobs." In this sense, spring really is a brand new day for us, and we couldn't be more excited.

Many of the lyrics of the following songs feature themes of growth, new life, and new beginnings. Others are just those bouncy, feel-good melodies you love to play on your iPod as you saunter down a street the sunny morning after a rainstorm. Be advised this is a very diverse playlist, and it is likely that you will encounter some of your favorite songs mixed in with some of the music this world has to offer that is more annoying to you than anything else . . . Even so, I like to think that it has something for everyone.

I hate that this is true, but the playlist may only function on YouTube.

  1. "Beautiful Day" by U2
  2. "Here Comes the Sun" by Sheryl Crow (I like this version better than the Beatles :-/)
  3. "Younger Than Springtime" (South Pacific) by Matthew Morrison
  4. "First Day of Spring" by Chris Brown
  5. "Rockin' Robin" by the Jackson 5
  6. "Sunrise" by In the Heights cast
  7. "April Showers" by Al Jolson
  8. "Lollipop" by Mika
  9. "Here I Am" by Bryan Adams and Hans Zimmer
  10. "There Is Life" by Allison Krauss
  11. "Allstar" by Smashmouth 
  12. "Concert of the Age" by Phillips, Craig, & Dean (One of my favorite songs of all time!)
  13. "59th Street Bridge Song" by Simon & Garfunkel
  14. "Winter's on the Wing" by The Secret Garden Original Broadway Cast
  15. "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colby Caillat
  16. "Sunchyme" by Dario G
  17. "Hoppipolla" by Sigur Ros
  18. "Best Years of Our Lives" by Baha Men
  19. "Four Seasons (Spring)" by Antonio Vivaldi
  20. "New Day" by Avalon

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