episode #46 springtime

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.

Music

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

Bonobo: Emkay

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.

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