“In the spring time, the only pretty ring time” ~~ A very necessary season for living.

“In the spring time the only pretty ring time” ~~~

I can’t quite recall the very first time I read or heard these words by Thomas Morley but they’ve never gone away. That’s pretty damn good staying power for a songwriter from Renaissance England. Never estimate the power of a tune–a poem set to music for entertaining the masses. Spring is all about bringing things to life–contrary to the famous commercial GE has nothing to do with this when it comes to nature and the reality of our own existence.  Every time art is created it’s an affirmation of the creative life forces centered in the promises of spring.


It Was a Lover and His Lass by Thomas Morley-– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Morley


Paul Phoenix (now of the King’s Singers) and Barry Holden, then choristers at St. Paul’s Cathedral, sing “It Was a Lover and His Lass” in this 1978 production of As You Like It [ by William Shakespeare], starring Helen Mirren.


Sand Animation ~ Spring ~ Marriage D’Amour by George Davidson



Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera ~ Music “Sweet Child of Mine” performed by Vitamin String Quartet



Tracy Chapman ~ Spring



Stravinsky ~ The Rite of Spring, Part 1  ~ Watch at FULL screen for full visual beauty impact. ~ “Jay Bacal performed and rendered this piece using virtual instrument software by Vienna Symphonic Library.”


Click through to watch on YouTube for more information about the creation of this piece and others. Yes, there is MORE.  The following is from the creator/uploader:

 Each shape corresponds to a family of instruments:
ellipse: flutes (also cymbals and tam-tam)
octagon: single reed (clarinet, bass clarinet)
inverted ellipse/star: double reeds (oboe, English horn, bassoons)
rectangle: brass (also, with “aura,” timpani, guiro and bass drum)
rhombus: strings

. . .

In this video, musical pitch (as ordered in the musician’s “circle of fifths”) is mapped to twelve colors (as ordered on the artist’s “color wheel”). With this mapping, changes in tonality and harmony correspond to changes in the color palette. You can read more about this technique here:
Unpitched instruments (bass drum, cymbals, tam-tam, triangle, guiro) are shown in gray.


Who is more in tune with spring than young people? Time for some serious education which has nothing and everything to do with the birds and bees aka sex education that really tells where babies come from. What’s the big deal? None of us would be here without the biological act of sexual intercourse–modern science’s efforts for infertile couples et al aside.  Education, education– what’s it for really? In so many ways children are at the mercy of the parents, teachers and culture which often shortchanges them with devastating consequences.  Where does the shame, guilt and fear come from? Who creates the dysfunction regarding sexuality? Such discussions are increasingly important as is evident by all current news regarding sex, rape and violence. Isn’t it possible to have a society which behaves in a healthy, positive manner concerning sexuality? Newsflash–the Stork crash landed and won’t be bringing any more babies to anyone. Unless, it recovers enough to fertilize its mate’s eggs.

Spring Awakening ~ Full Version Off Broadway

Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Awakening



Full Off-Broadway Spring Awakening.
Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1891 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind.
It features music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater.
Set in late-19th century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality.
The original play was banned in Germany for a while due to its portrayal of masturbation, abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide.
In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score.
Spring Awakening received eleven 2007 Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Tonys for best musical, direction, book, score and featured actor.
The show also won four Drama Desk Awards, while its London production won four Olivier Awards.

Melchior Jonathan Groff
Wendla Lea Michele
Moritz John Gallagher, Jr.
Adult Man Stephen Spinella
Adult Woman Christine Estabrook
Ilse Lauren Pritchard
Hanschen Jonathan B. Wright
Georg Skylar Astin
Martha Lilli Cooper
Ernst Gideon Glick
Otto Brian Charles Johnson
Anna Phoebe Strole
Thea Remy Zaken

Musical numbers
Act I
“Mama Who Bore Me” — Wendla
“Mama Who Bore Me (Reprise)” — Wendla and Girls
“All That’s Known” — Melchior
“The Bitch of Living” — Moritz, Melchior and Boys
“My Junk” — Girls and Boys
“Touch Me” — Boys and Girls
“The Word of Your Body” — Wendla and Melchior
“The Dark I Know Well” — Martha, Ilse and Boys
“The Word of Your Body (Reprise)” — Otto and Georg (not on the cast recording)
“And Then There Were None” — Moritz and Boys
“The Mirror-Blue Night” — Melchior and Boys
“I Believe” — Boys and Girls
Act II
“The Guilty Ones” — Wendla, Melchior, Boys and Girls
“Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind” — Moritz and Ilse
“Left Behind” — Melchior, Boys and Girls
“Totally Fucked” — Melchior and Full Company (except Moritz)
“The Word of Your Body (Reprise)” — Hanschen, Ernst, Boys and Girls
“Whispering” — Wendla
“Those You’ve Known” — Moritz, Wendla and Melchior
“The Song of Purple Summer” — Ilse and Full Company


Soundtrack  from Spring Awakening

Alex Worthington


I do believe Bear and Johnny will be singing some spring soon. Links when they flower. 🙂

Let the lovely Lisa put some spring in your steps : http://undergroundenergy.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/spring-the-life-of-the-seasons-music-theme/

Whoa, Johnny and Lisa duet–yeah, du-et–that’s what I said. Oh now, yeah they are flirting and making dates online too… Johnny’s place for the spring beat –> http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/all-things-spring-music-theme/

Hey, hey, Bear is here –> http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/spring-music-theme/

Much thanks to everyone sharing  their favorite Spring music things.  🙂


  1. May 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Awesome collection of Spring songs! Eva you were right about the pigeon song.

  2. May 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Oy – the Bert Jansch track was supposed to be “Running from Home” and you know the other – I couldn’t find either one on their own. Ah well … Happy Sunday!

  3. May 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I suspect these two choices are verrrrrry broad interpretations of Spring – but I followed a path of crumbs and this is where it took me – to a favorite musician of mine, Bert Jansch, and one I don’t know, but loved the title – “Where Horses of Faery Hide” I’m sure that might be for Spring, right?

    Enjoy. 🙂

    • May 13, 2014 at 5:22 am

      Hey, it’s ALL GOOD when the tunes spring forth.
      It’s a busy world…..
      LOL—Oh yeah, the world is insane at the moment . ….

  4. yi-ching lin said,

    May 11, 2014 at 2:01 am

    hm… how about this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCbD8nsxcd8 (smile), y

  5. H3nry J3kyll said,

    May 9, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Eva, Don’t know if you remember this old dance track from the late 80s, but I think it fits with the Spring music theme.

  6. May 9, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I left my “Spring” comment on the previous post .. it’s been that kinda day/week! Jeanne 🙂

    • May 11, 2014 at 6:23 am

      LOL, leave to Jeanne to play hide and seek in blogland. 🙂 I hope the week improves soon!

  7. slpmartin said,

    May 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Ah…but my favorite spring song is by Tom Lehrer.

    • May 11, 2014 at 6:25 am

      Slpmartin—birdies beware! LOL. There shall be no pigeon pies from those feathered beasties. What other laughs do you have slinking around your sleeves? Hmm?

  8. May 9, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    […] — Leah Song –Rising Appalachia _________________________________________ EVA:   Eva  Eva picked the theme for this week; All Things Spring. JOHNNY:  Johnny LISA:  Lisa  I am SO […]

  9. Johnny Ojanpera said,

    May 9, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I’ll start from the top.

    Pretty ring time reminds me of my childhood, running around in Rocky mountain meadows. My older sister and I used to sing together like that. Great memories.

    Sand animation: brilliant, super fly

    The allegory of Spring: Is Guns N’ Roses arranged in strings, set to renaissance art the allegory?

    Tracy Chapman reminds me of a story that happened around a bonfire during a drum circle in the high desert. I’ll save that for my blog. Great songstress.

    Stravinsky with cgi is excellent. It reminds me of my recording software.

    I previewed “Spring Awakening”. The rest will have to wait until after work hours. Sounds good.

    I love my mama who bore me. Great picks Eva!

    • May 11, 2014 at 6:29 am

      Yes, that is Gun N’ Roses, Johnny.
      Chapman never fails to deliver the real deal. Blog memories–ooooo, fun?
      Memories….I can hear Babes singing now…….
      Glad you had some fun hearing. )

      Oh and who knew that Glee Girl had such a play under her belt! Wow.

  10. May 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    The Theme for May 22 is RAIN .

  11. May 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    VERY nice, Eva. Thank you. I’ll be “up” soon, with Spring springing. XXX

  12. willowdot21 said,

    May 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Brilliant Eva so much to listen to and to see!!

    • May 9, 2014 at 2:41 am

      Hello willowdot21. Thank you for enjoying things.
      Please feel free to share your own choices.
      If you do a post for Spring, please drop a link. 🙂

      • willowdot21 said,

        May 9, 2014 at 5:27 am

        Hello Eva it is good to hear from you. I do hope you are well
        I have been so busy but I will try and do the next theme. xxx

  13. petrel41 said,

    May 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Vivaldi, Spring.

    • May 8, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Ahh thank you.:)
      “This video is not available in your country.”
      Now who could possibily take issue with Vivaldi? Huh?

      • petrel41 said,

        May 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm

        I will try another video of this music, and I hope you can see this one 🙂

      • May 9, 2014 at 2:39 am

        Huzzah! This one flows, petrel41.
        It’s a beauty.
        Thank you so much. 🙂

        • petrel41 said,

          May 9, 2014 at 6:42 am

          Glad this one works! I hope the other video also works in most countries 🙂

  14. Yousei Hime said,

    May 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I looked for a YouTube of the jazz version of “It Was a Lover and His Lass” (which I did in college) but couldn’t find it. Instead, here is one of my favorites, from one of my favorite albums by Manhattan Transfer. 😀

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