“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.

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

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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.

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

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

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Tracy Chapman ~ Spring

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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.”

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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

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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:
http://www.musanim.com/mam/pfifth.htm
Unpitched instruments (bass drum, cymbals, tam-tam, triangle, guiro) are shown in gray.

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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

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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.

Cast:
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

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Soundtrack  from Spring Awakening

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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.  🙂

up we go

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shedding husks unfurl

shoots curling staff seedlings gasp

silk sheath sun sight spreads

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Below Above

Below Above

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Vernal Equinox Arrives

It’s March 20, 2014 and the Vernal Equinox is upon us.  Find your groove and get in the flow.

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There’s no resisting Coltrane–vernal or not.

John Coltrane ~ Equinox

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It’s all about light and dark, form and motion–open up and play with the application of the concept of equinox.

Equinox a free running / Parkour short running film

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To view more Parkour and Freerunning of Jesse La Flair go tohttp://www.Youtube.com/LaFlairParkour

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Chill out, relax, and slow dance.

The Echelon Effect ~ Vernal Equinox from Seasons Part 1

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The Echelon Effect music site:  http://www.theecheloneffect.com/

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What can I say except “funky” got my attention along with the space shots. Get up and move your feet with this one. No need to free run, just dance.

Nikolay Bogdanov . Funky guitar. “Vernal Equinox”  

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I’m fairly certain Bear will cover some of the more traditional tracks of the vernal equinox, but this selection offers a sort of cover many bases overview. How’s your balance?

The Meaning of the Spring Equinox ~ Andare by Ludovico Einaudi

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Another vantage point that I just couldn’t quite resist because it’s Emily Russo’s school project and, well, honestly I liked the beyond Google Earth aspect. Her perky enthusiastic voice sealed the selection deal:

How Equinox Work – Beyond Our Earth – Unfortunately Emily Russo provided no notes on the music. No, I’m not going to ask her on the tubes of you. Feel free to do so–or to identify the score if you recognize it.

Emily Russo

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Once you hit play and the images flow it’s pretty clear why this is here. Yeah, I’m a sucker for the image play.  

Ingo Vogelmann ~ Vernal Equinox (Official Music Video)

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Official site:  http://www.ingovogelmann.com/

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A late addition:

And then there’s Equinox—Beyond The Invisible Line

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Published on Feb 10, 2014

Band: Equinox
Album: Beyond (EP)
Genre: Dark Folk Metal
Country: Russia
Year: 2014

Download here:
http://rusfolder.com/39790789
http://dfiles.eu/files/e9iw4k247

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/equinoxdark/…

Members:
Alla Ravna – vocals;
Ivan Dzyubinskiy – guitars, arrangement;
Kirill Nikeev – bass, vocals, keys, music, lyrics, arrangement;
Kirill Kasatkin – drums, music.

GUESTS:
Egor Konovalov (The Aquarius) – vocals;

Anna Erilina – 1st violin;
Natalya Chernisheva – 2nd violin;
Larisa Gluhovskaya – viola;
Stanislav Tarasov – cello.

Lyrics, translation – Kirill Nikeev

Cover art – Ivan Buylov;
Logo – Smerdulak.

Their website can be translated into English    http://vk.com/equinox_band  FYI, they’re looking for a second guitarist at the moment. According to the translation.

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Bear has laid down some serious spring equinox tracks at her blogcasa:

Bear   http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/vernal-equinox/

 

Spring chatter a la “squirrel talk”

"squirrel talk" @ eva wojcik 2011

Here’s a touch of whimsy  for all us squirrel lovers. Yes, indeed there are those of us who enjoy the antics of the furry tailed rodents that many others despise for chowing down on birdseed like greedy children devouring free samples in a candy store. Hey, are there still such things as “candy stores” as in shops devoted solely to offering candy in a multitude of flavors and varieties? Come to think of it, I have not been in such in a long time. Anyone out there in blogland know of a candy shop? If you’re a squirrel then black sunflower seeds may be candy along with peanuts in the shells.  My grandfather once “addicted” a squirrel to an oreo cookie a day.  Long ago I wrote “Mugged by a squirrel for plum”–a true adventure on the campus of U of Cal, Berkeley.  Yes, MUGGED was the correct word for that little gangster’s antics. Care to share your close encounters with some of our oh so adaptable high wire scramblers deluxe? Or are you just wondering what they’re plotting above?  

Original 6″ x 18″  140 lb cold press watercolor

Yasutomo Sumi- E watercolors

Isn’t it odd how some paper ‘sizes’ just lend themselves to certain image inclinations? More of this landscape play is in order methinks–for moi and the Sumi-E s delightful pigments.

spring rains haiku

“spring rain”

cloud drops free falling

desiring green leaves playing

rays washing painting

“satisfying”

soaking deep soil sigh

co-mingling moist haze flows

water blurs all hours

 

“endless journey”

see over lands flows

stars gazing oceans blue way

worn weaving foot path

 

“poppies”

grasses drinking up

flashing poppies splash dancing

embracing rains merge

“roots”

water charged heat

reaching roots ripple red

sun kiss unfurls leaf

 

“cloud cover”

kisses cloud cozy

salt sweetly stinging mountain

exciting flushes

 

“hazy bliss”

hazy lets all go

languid sky flushing rolls over

gasping land smiles

“stored”

ease be-ing opens

above reigns serenity

careful fire below

 

“over heated”

blooming sun spreading

boiling alive lobster meets

heating land cracking

 

@evawojcik  2011

Got kids? Love our planet? Dig Avatar?

Are you watching the Amazon? If you’re a parent then you probably want a great place for your children to live and grow in.   We’ve got one planet, Earth.  If you saw Avatar then you already know a great deal about the issues in the Amazon that the Achuar people are facing. They’re just one group of people on the frontlines of knowing what’s going on with our planet’s health.  Curious about the world in which we all live? Visit the Amazon and consider what’s at sake for all of us on Earth.

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It’s April. It’s spring, the time of birth and rebirth. Let’s insure that Earth supports many many more springs with love and joy. Give all our children the gift of a healthy world to live in.

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