Spring is all about new beginnings, rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. The whole Earth seems to come to life again.
Traditionally, with springtime comes spring cleaning, Iranians continue the “shaking the house” just before the Persian new year which falls on the first day of spring; Jewish practice cleaning the home from the top to the bottom in anticipation of the springtime festival of Passover; and of course the Catholic church cleans the church altar and everything associated with it on Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday.
Cherry blossoms, or sakura, symbolise the transience of life, which is a major theme in Buddhism. Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing has become a significant national event in Japan.
Many artist welcomed and welcoming springtime in their work.
Persephone the goddess of vegetation was the beautiful daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Wherever she stepped, flowers would appear and all of the animals would follow her to marvel her beauty.
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Isn’t This A Lovely Day
Michel Legrand: Paris In The Spring
Antonio Carlos Jobim: Live For Tomorrow
Barrio Jazz Gang: Five Apple Maples
The Amalgamation Of Soundz: Enchant Me
KOOP: Forces… Darling
Laurel Halo: Embassy
Gorillaz: Stop The Dams
Zero 7: Polaris
The Cinematic Orchestra: Time & Space (Vocal Edit)
Underworld: Ess Gee
Community midnight radio show Through the Bohemian Looking Glass every night at midnight. A new episode is aired every Friday midnight on Wirral Wave radio or AirTime. Later on SoundCloud for some time.
Suggestions, opinions and comments welcomed at veronika(at)wirralwave(dot)co(dot)uk.