Yes, spring is coming; you can feel it in the air. A reprieve from the cold shivers, the return of outdoor meals, and a promise, soon after, of swimming weather! I love spring so much, and of course it was basically impossible, once I began this list, to find 5 songs that adequately matched or conveyed all that spring is, but I still did my best to offer a few that feel like spring to me.
In honor of the spring equinox this weekend, here’s a playlist of my five favorite songs to celebrate spring. Just click on the video below to hear them all!
1. “Feelin’ Good” by Nina Simone
Nina Simone’s timeless, melodic power really comes through in this ballad to feelin’ good. The easy pace and deep warmth capture my experience of the onset of spring.
2. “You Are Not Needed Now” by Townes Van Zandt
I appreciate this song’s focus on taking some rest. When the warm air touches my skin, I feel safer in the world, and feel that I can relax a bit. The idea of not being needed, and it being safe to rest, is very appealing.
3. “Can’t Take My Eyes off You” covered by Lauryn Hill (by Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons)
My husband and I used Lauryn Hill’s update of the 60s classic in our wedding prelude. I include it here in honor of spring crushes, love affairs, and full blown romances. Whether it be with yourself, your wife, that bartender you crush on, or your new beau, enjoy some adoration and frolicking.
4. “Tomorrow on the Runway” by The Innocence Mission
Sometimes, spring can also be melancholy. The pressure to start anew, be rejuvenated, and celebrate rebirth can be overwhelming. Spring can bring introspection and questions about the future ahead. I included this song in this spirit and in respect for this sometimes difficult time.
5. “Sesame Street Theme Song” by Jimmy Fallon, The Roots & Sesame Street Cast
Just for FUN. Because sometimes spring is just for fun.
If, like me, you are fully ready for winter to end, hopefully these songs will help you make it through the cold rain that often ushers in this most beautiful next season, and then celebrate its arrival.
Julia Travers is a writer, artist, and reader, who runs the artist interview site, 5 Questions for the Artist. Check out her writing portfolio here.