Like autumn but with wildflowers


I know that some old stompin’ grounds of mine just got more snow last night.  I feel your pain.  It sucks to be you, just like it sucked to be me when I lived there.  But in the rest of the world, spring has sprung and all that.

Here in Texas, spring is really a second autumn, where the air is crisp and clean, the sun is moderately strong, and temperatures vary.  More leaves fall from the trees, making more leaf piles for the lawn crews to wave their pointless leaf-blowing wands at, just like in the real fall.  But there is one notable difference: everything blooms in spring.  The Mountain Laurels, the Bluebonnets, and the Confederate Jasmine, along with several types of lilac all open their petals and shake their stamen-y moneymakers in the wind.

This type of transformation, from the dormant and dead to the vibrant and alive, begs a soundtrack, like just about everything in (at least my) life.  So, here are some of my favorite springtime tracks I’ve compiled over the years during which I’ve been musically conscious.

1.  “Goodbye Remedy” – Faze Action
2.  “Lazarus” – Boo Radleys
3.  “Feels Like Summer” – Sing-Sing
4.  “Last Goodbye” – Jeff Buckley
5.  “Lucky Denver Mint” – Jimmy Eat World
6.  “As the Bell Rings the Maypole Spins” – Dead Can Dance
7.  “Prayers For Rain” – The Cure
8.  “Sleeping Satellite” – Tasmin Archer
9.  “Look Up To the Sky” – Indians
10. “Flower” – 13 Stories
11. “Catch the Sun” – Doves
12. “Joyride” – Roxette
13. “A Different Child” – Rose Avalanche
14. “The Body” – Public Image Ltd
15. “All Come True” – World Party
16. “For You” – Lionel Richie
17. “Baker Street” – Gerry Rafferty
18. “That Girl Could Sing” – Jackson Browne
19. “Can’t Get There From Here” – REM
20. “Champagne Supernova” – Oasis
21. “Stay” – Grapes of Wrath
22. “No Surprise” – Theory of a Deadman
23.  “South Central Rain” – REM
24. “Summer Breeze” – Seals & Crofts
25. “Wooden Ships” – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
26. “Talk About the Passion” – REM
27. “Chicago” – Groove Armada
28. “Sweetest Taboo” – Sade
29. “9-9” – REM
30. “Dio” – Throwing Muses

There.  That oughtta be enough material to get a jumpstart on an iPod playlist (or at least one hell of a double CD) for those of you in colder climates when you decide to bag it and move South.  🙂


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