Spring Has Sprung | Badge of the Month | April 2021 |

AmaraWAmaraW Salt Lake CIty, Utah, USACommunity Administrator Administrator

Spring Has Sprung | Badge of the Month | April 2021 |

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Badge of the month - April 2021 

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Question: What song makes you think of Spring and why? Alternatively, what is your favorite song to play while working or commuting?

Spring has sprung here in Provo, Utah! Spring can represent many different feelings, sensations, and phases of life. How does Spring make you feel? Maybe this season is a new beginning for you, or Spring is simply a reminder that Summer is almost here. Do you associate any songs with Spring? Tell us about a song or songs that instantly transport you to Spring. Can’t think of a song that reminds you of Spring? Share your favorite music to listen to while working or commuting. Feel free to include a link to the piece! 

 

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  • AmaraWAmaraW Salt Lake CIty, Utah, USACommunity Administrator Administrator

    🎵 Hi everyone! 🎵

    While I would never claim to be a true classical music fan, I have a few classical songs on my phone that I love. One of which is In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg. Something about that song feels like Spring to me. When I think of Spring, I think of the sun on my skin, vitality, growth, nature, and the color green!  Whenever I hear this piece, I instantly picture flowers blooming and plants sprouting at an increasingly fast pace, as both Spring and the song crescendo! The song feels like a transformation, similar to how Spring transforms our surroundings.

    Here is a link to In the Hall of the Mountain King!

  • MattiasMMattiasM SwedenCommunity Member Guru ✭✭

    As a music lover it's hard to choose, but I think I can nominate two if that's ok.


    The first one is a song called "Kelly" by a Swedish band called Amason. It's one of those songs that just puts a smile on my face when I hear it and the world feels a bit brighter. The beat is fantastic and there are several smaller guitar sections that mandates listening to on at a high volume, especially when driving with open windows and feeling the warm spring air coming :) Check it out here.


    The second one is mainly due to the mental images and memories I associate with it. I was enjoying crisp Spring weather in New York, I had just proposed to my (now) wife and we were driving around when this song came over the radio. I don't listen much to Drake, but he has made a couple of really nice songs.

    It's "Hold on, we're going home" and you can check it out here!

  • AdamK12AdamK12 Bethesda, MDCommunity Member, XMPN Member, XMPN Champion Guru ✭✭

    What makes me think of spring? Without a doubt, trees budding and baseball season starting! Here in the Washington area, our Opening Day has been delayed a bit due to a COVID outbreak on the Nationals, but at long last Max Scherzer is taking the mound today.

    And when it comes to songs, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" always makes me think of spring, and I find myself singing it under my breath when the April weather is beautiful.

    This is my favorite interpretation of it, by the wonderful Carly Simon from Ken Burns's 1994 film "Baseball". Many of us know the last verse, sung during the seventh-inning stretch, but Carly sings all the verses, which tell the story of Katie Casey, a young woman who knows all the players' names on the hometown team and wants her boyfriend to take her to the ballgame instead of to a show. Enjoy!

    Take Me out to the Ballgame - YouTube

  • MattiasMMattiasM SwedenCommunity Member Guru ✭✭

    Not much of a Jazz fan at.all, but I do love some nice relaxing "café" music or Bossanova while cooking dinner or relaxing in the yard. Thanks for sharing!

  • VirginiaMVirginiaM Boone, North CarolinaCommunity Member Sage ✭✭✭

    This prompt made me realize that a lot of songs remind me of summer (I have a whole Spotify playlist dedicated to summer music), but I don't have any that remind me of spring. Where I live, in the mountains of North Carolina, spring can feel like it takes forever to get here. Last winter we had snow into April and freezing nights into June. This year it feels like spring has sprung a little earlier, but I'm afraid to get my hopes up too much!

    Spring is what I think of as the rainy season, and there are plenty of songs that come to mind when I think of rain. If I have to narrow it down to just one, it would be...Songs About Rain by Gary Allan.


  • AdamK12AdamK12 Bethesda, MDCommunity Member, XMPN Member, XMPN Champion Guru ✭✭

    @cphillipps Jazz is such an energizing form of music-I listened to Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue" last night while I was painting...

  • ClairJClairJ Philadelphia, PACommunity Member, XM Advocate Sage ✭✭✭

    I know it's about love, but Taylor Swift's "Daylight". It came on my Spotify list last year when I was walking home from work right after the time change but before we went remote for the pandemic. It was warm and bright, and it felt like the perfect song to celebrate having more light on my evening commute home.

  • ashleigh_quaillashleigh_quaill Community Member Qubie ✭

    Feeling very jealous now! Here in the southern hemisphere, it's currently Autumn (Fall) and we're about to head into winter. I think I need to put some Spring songs on my playlist to keep me going with light at the end of the tunnel!

    The song Catch My Disease by Ben Lee just came up on my playlist and it feels like an appropriate song for something cheery and bouncy to get me through. After a week of rain, the sun is shining today and I'm going to make the most of warm weather while I can :)

  • MsIreenMsIreen FinlandCommunity Member, XMPN Member Superuser ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 8

    I don't think there can be anything more "springy" than Vivaldi's "Spring":

    Thanks to my grandmother I absolutely love classical music since childhood. So i got used to listening to it while studying or working.

    And here is a glimpse of how a piece of my playlist for work looks like:


  • lizb311lizb311 Community Member, XMPN Member Guru ✭✭

    I think the best spring days are warm, bright, and breezy... But I don't know that that has actually translated into the music I'm listening to at work or otherwise! I've been listening to a lot of instrumental playlists lately (so as not to get distracted by my own bad singing while working from home), and have become a big fan of this lofi hip hop channel:


  • AmaraWAmaraW Salt Lake CIty, Utah, USACommunity Administrator Administrator

    @MattiasM I looked up "Kelly" after reading your post. I cannot stop listening to this song - it is SO good! 😍

  • AmaraWAmaraW Salt Lake CIty, Utah, USACommunity Administrator Administrator

    @msa0005 I am adding all of these classical songs to my work playlist 😁!

  • PeeyushBansalPeeyushBansal IndiaCommunity Member Wizard ✭✭✭✭✭

    "Talk to the wind

    Talk to the sky

    Talk to the man with the reasons why

    And let me know what you find

    I'll leave my window open

    'Cause I'm too tired tonight to call your name

    Just know I'm right here hoping

    That you'll come in with the rain"

  • GeorgeIssaGeorgeIssa Pennsylvania / Global OrganizationCommunity Member Guru ✭✭
    edited April 9

    As a fan of the band Rush, I can easily say that there are so many songs that I could list here. 2020 was a sad year because it was the year that Neil Peart, the world renowned drummer passed away. Little do people know, but he was also the band lyricist and wrote many of the band's greatest song. One song that reminds me of Spring and Springing forward is the song Marathon. The lyrics depict how one would feel while running in an actual marathon, but the meaning of the song is meant to use a marathon (an extreme challenge) as a metaphor  for life, and say that life is full of obstacles and is all about achieving one's personal goals.

    https://youtu.be/qLwtZy2YvNY

  • ElieDElieD QC, CanadaCommunity Member Guru ✭✭

    It is definitly impossible to choose one song instead of another...


    I listen so much different styles, from classical (@Mslreen : I love the four seasons of Vivaldi, too) to electronic or jazz.

    It's true I have some artists that I like very much, but I'm trying to stay mind-opened.


    For the spring, I could invite you to listen a good old Jamiroquaï success like "Corner of the earth" (despite the video occurs in winter :P)


    Or for french-speeking, Tryo is also a good vibe with "l'Hymne de nos campagnes", a song about benefits of nature and taking care of it


  • SabrinaCSabrinaC Carrollton, GeorgiaCommunity Member Guru ✭✭

    Spring has definitely arrived here in Georgia because everything is yellow!

    I am not sure there is any specific song that signals spring for me. It is the sound of music playing outside that gives me that feeling. When the weather gets pretty, there are plenty of things to do outside and we play the radio out in the pool house and it echoes all over. If you are working in the front yard or cleaning all the pollen out of the pool, there is music playing. I have my station and my husband has his! It just depends on who gets to the radio first..and when the kids are home, it's their pandora playlists.

  • DougMDougM Community Member, XMPN Member Qubie ✭

    Craig Chaquico's Acoustic Highway is great for a relaxing spring afternoon. However, having grown up in Detroit during the 70s, I also enjoy rolling down the windows and rocking out - Grand Funk, Foghat, Bob Seger, some Motown, or even some funk from Sly and the Family Stone!

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