A Spring Playlist

With a new season comes new music! Here is my spring playlist.

Spring – Antonio Vivaldi: What Spring Mix would be complete without this classic orchestral piece? It was published in 1725 during the reign of King Louis XV in a set of 12 concertos entitled, “The Test of Harmony and Invention.” Not only does it welcome spring with excitement, it stands as one of the best examples of Baroque music the world has known.

Spring – John Denver: For a little retro sentimentality, check out this inspirational tune from John Denver. His lyrics speak to the connectedness of all living things, and life as it bursts forth both in nature and in human nature.

Orinico  Flow – Celtic Woman. As a native of San Diego, I could hardly welcome spring without a tribute to these Irish singers made famous by our local PBS. The music is vibrant and the background ensemble provides a nice contrast in the wonderful Gaelic accent.

From the Clouds – Jack Johnson. This song just screams “spring sunshine.” Take a break from work and venture outside to watch the cloud on your next lunchbreak.

Love Only Knows – Josh Groban. In the mood for some spring romance? How about a love song featuring a lovely Los Angeles native? Merging antiquity and philosophy, take a chance on love this like Galileo this April.

Avalon – Al Jolson, Buddy DeSylva, Rose. Take time for a little romantic jazz this season. A cross between Paris, New York, and Louisiana, this Havana swing music is the perfect tune to play while getting ready for a night on the town.

La Valse d’Amelie – Yann Teiersen. For a mix between classical and French café music, listen to the theme from one of America’s best-loved French independent films, Amelie.

Come What May – Moulin Rouge, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. This is a beautiful melody to mark the timelessness of love through the change of seasons. The film became the first movie musical to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year since Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 1991!  Both Kidman and McGregor were taught to sing by the film’s musical director.

The Kind You Can’t Afford – Madeleine Peyroux. A little coffee shop modern jazz if the Starbucks or Peet’s selection isn’t up to par. This gal’s an American jazz artist whose voice has been compared to Billie Holiday’s. She grew up in Paris with her mother, learning to sing from the Latin Quarter musicians, and at age 16 started touring Europe with an American jazz repertoire.

Time of Your Life – Green Day. A little wake-up call to live the life you dreamed…starting now! I have fond memories of this song playing over the baseball diamond as the pitcher warmed up for spring training. It’s a great song to play with the windows rolled down, the sun shining in, a pair of oldie-but-goodie sunglasses on, and a pop of bright red spring lipstick to bring on that sun!