Mistress of the Mix: Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year

  

Spring can really hang you up the most, ya know? But that doesn't stop me from loving this season of growth, rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, re-everything, and crazy, crazy weather. Oh how I love spring.

Spring is the time of year when you never really know what to expect from Mother Nature. You might wake up to sunshine streaming through the windows and birds singing their come hither melodies, experience a torrential downpour with lightning and thunder accompaniment during the lunch hour, and find yourself seduced outside in the afternoon by a double rainbow that quickly fades when the hail starts falling. And then the fog rolls in.

Spring. A good time to dress in layers.

After a long, dreary winter, along with fresh sprouts and longer days, spring has a way of bringing with it a renewal of hope. An understanding that there are sunnier days ahead, both actual and metaphorical. When spring has sprung, it’s the release of a tightly wound coil. Suddenly, I can breathe. (And then the pollen stuffs me up again, but let’s just pretend it doesn’t for a moment.) Because it’s also like a Vitamin B-12 shot for creative individuals.

Spring has been inspiring artists for eons. Poets, painters, and musicians. I don’t know a lick about poetry or watercolor, but I’ve been a fan of music that pertains to the changing of the seasons for about as long as I can remember, and not an equinox nor a solstice is allowed to pass by without at least a small dedication to the changing of the season on JPR's Siskiyou Music Hall. Usually it's more likely a rather large dedication.

By the time you read this, the first official day of spring will have already come and gone (this year it was March 20th). No matter, I'm celebrating spring a little late this year, dedicating today's column to all the glorious music that's been written in its honor. And there's a lot. In fact, below you'll find two playlists of music inspired by all things a la primavera, fruhling et printemps; one that's for classical music lovers, the other for the rest of you.

Additionally, listeners are invited to tune in to JPR's Classics & News Service on Monday, April 8th, when I'll share a number of selections from the classical playlist during a special edition of Siskiyou Music Hall. Listeners in Shasta County can tune their radios to 90.9 FM. If you're anywhere else in between Roseburg, Oregon and Mendocino, California, you can either find the appropriate spot on the dial using our handy online map, or stream directly from the JPR website.

 

Spring - The Classical Playlist

 

1.
Vals de Primavera
- Agustin Barrios
2.
Last Spring
- Edvard Grieg
3.
Appalachian Spring
- Aaron Copland
4.
Spring
from The Seasons - Mark O'Connor
5.
Spring
from The Four Seasons - Antonio Vivaldi
6.
Rondes de Printemps
- Claude Debussy
7.
Spring Morning
- Frederic Delius
8.
Spring Blossom
(Sakura) - Traditional Japanese Melody
9.
Symphony No. 1, Spring - Robert
Schumann
10.  Spring
Song
- Jean Sibelius
11.  Spring
from The Seasons - Alexander Glazunov
12.  Violin
Sonata No. 5, Spring - Ludwig Van Beethoven
13.  Ocean
In Springtime
(Haru No Umi) - Michio Miyagi
14.  Voices
of Spring
- Johann Strauss, Jr
15.  Primavera
Porteno
- Astor Piazzola
16.  Pluie
de Printemps
- Django Reinhardt
17.  Spring
Song
- Felix Mendelssohn
18.  Der
Fruhling
from The Seasons - Franz Joseph Haydn
19.  String
Quartet No. 14, Spring - W.A. Mozart
20.  Fruhlingstraum
- Franz Schubert
21.  Spring
Waters
- Sergei Rachmaninov
22.  The
Rite of Spring
- Igor Stravinsky

Spring - The Rhythm Playlist

 

1.
March (A Prelude to Spring) - Jon
Foreman
2.
Spring Wind - Jack Johnson
3.
Spring - Heidi Happy
4.
Printemps - Coeur de Pirate
5.
Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
- Norah Jones & Marian McPartland
6.
Spring Blossom - Oi Va Voi
7.
They Say It's Spring - Blossom Dearie
8.
Spring - The Innocence Mission
9.
Spring - Saint Etienne
10.  Spring
Will Be A Little Late This Year - Ella Fitzgerald
11.  I
Love Paris In The Springtime - Frank Sinatra
12.  Y'a
Pas De Printemps - Edith Piaf
13.  La
Primavera - Manu Chao
14.  Spring
Rain - The Go-Betweens
15.  Spring
Thaw - Bela Fleck
16.  Spring
Buds - Keller Williams
17.  Swing
Spring - Joe Henderson
18.  Springtime
- Donald Fagen
19.  Spring
- Dori Caymmi
20.  Joy
Spring - Clifford Brown & Max Roach
21.  Spring
Haze - Tori Amos
22.  Spring
- Tracy Chapman

Valerie Ing-Miller has been the Northern California Program Coordinator for Jefferson Public Radio in Redding for over a decade, and can often be found serving as Mistress of Ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre. For her, ultimate satisfaction comes from a perfect segue. She's the mother of a teenage daughter and an adorable West Highland Terrier, and can't imagine life without them or music. 

She's often spotted driving around town singing at the top of her lungs to new wave hits from the 80's, but at work Valerie hosts the afternoon classical show Siskiyou Music Hall (at 90.9 FM in Shasta County or streaming at ijpr.org). 

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  1. Nice. Thanks, Valerie!

  2. I had to hold my breath about halfway down playlist 1 thinking, "she can't have forgotten The Rite of Spring! She just can't!" you are our father's daughter after all. And then I saw it. Just like an Ing to save the best for last.

  3. You had me with the opening quote:

    Spring this year has got me feeling,

    Like a horse that never left the post . . . .

    I lie in my bed staring up at the ceiling,

    Spring can Really Hang You Up the Most.

    Fran Landsman sure knew her way around lyrics!!

    And you included a Mark O'Connor classical piece and Bela Fleck . . . . OMG, I do believe you are nudging Redding into the cosmopolitan column . . . GOOD WORK all the way down

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