April 19, 2014 17:05 UTC

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Songs About Spring Can Be Happy or Sad

Most of these songs have been around a long time but are still popular today.

Spring tulips in full bloom in Lafayette Park across from the White House. Spring tulips in full bloom in Lafayette Park across from the White House.
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Spring tulips in full bloom in Lafayette Park across from the White House.
Spring tulips in full bloom in Lafayette Park across from the White House.

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Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English. This week Barbara Klein and Steve Ember play songs about spring.

 
On earlier shows, we have brought you some of our favorite songs about summer, autumn and winter. Now it is spring in the northern part of the world so it is time to celebrate that season. Many people think of this classical music piece when they think "spring." It is Allegro from Concerto Number One "Spring" from the "Four Seasons." Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi wrote it in the seventeen hundreds.
 
Spring is a wonderful season to celebrate rebirth and new life. The long, cold winter is over. The weather is warmer and sunnier. The trees again have leaves and the flowers are blooming. The season represents hope, joy and beauty.
 
However, not all songs about spring are happy. This song by K.D. Lang is about dreaming of spring in cold dark places. She recorded "I Dream of Spring" in two thousand eight.
 
Unlike the other seasons, there are not many rock songs about spring. Most of the songs about this season were written in the nineteen thirties and forties by famous modern composers. The songs became "standards," popular songs recorded by many singers.
 
Here is one example, "It Might as Well Be Spring." Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote the song for the movie "State Fair" in nineteen forty-five. Frank Sinatra sings about having "spring fever." This is not a real sickness. It is a feeling of restlessness or excitement brought on by the coming of spring.
 
Richard Rodgers also wrote "Spring Is Here," this time with Lorenz Hart. Ella Fitzgerald sings this song about feeling lonely during this season.
 
Frank Loesser wrote this sad song, "Spring Will be a Little Late This Year." Why has the season been delayed? Because the singer's lover has left her. Sarah Vaughn released her version of the song in nineteen fifty-three.
 
By now you may be thinking: "Enough with the sad songs, already!" OK, then how about a cowboy song? Gene Autry was one of America's most famous singing cowboys. He recorded "When It's Springtime in the Rockies" in nineteen thirty-seven.
 
In most of the United States, spring is a warm and pleasant season. But this is not the case in the northwestern state of Alaska. According to Johnny Cash, it can be extremely cold. He sings "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)."
 
We leave you with a sunny song called "Up Jumped Spring." Freddie Hubbard wrote this jazz song and the Billy Taylor Trio performs it.



 
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by: Monica from: China
04/08/2013 9:08 AM
it's really a nice site to learn English,Thax VOA


by: Elzbieta from: Poland
04/08/2013 7:25 AM
I'm looking forward to meeting with spring . In Poland is still winter .
Thanks VOA


by: martin
04/05/2013 5:17 AM
thanks VOA


by: EDUARDO HERNANDEZ from: MEXICO CITY
04/05/2013 12:39 AM
it´s really nice to learn English wiht music, read and lisening. I hope i can learn English. Thank you so much.


by: m from: poland
04/04/2013 4:10 PM
I forgot what I want to write :-) one second..... yes....amazing topic about songs... current topic, short story, very clear and interesting. Where we can find such articles? On the VOA. Fantastic idea for all people which want to study american english. Please more. Thanks VOA


by: BIJU.P.Y. from: SOUTH INDIA
04/04/2013 4:05 PM
Strangely interesting! How many poets have already wrote about spring. If it be winter, can spring be far behind? The spring season has been stealing the hearts of great minds from time immemmorial. Poets and scientists have not only spent their own time enjoying the season but they have made others enjoy its unforgetable comfort. Its departure reminds us of how great it was to us all. The season enriches one with ever-greeness. Thank you.


by: Elena from: Russia
04/03/2013 6:45 PM
Interesting review of the songs of spring. Thanks.


by: John from: Europe
04/03/2013 6:34 PM
Nice article but in europe is still cruel winter. We are impatiently waiting for spring.


by: Elinaldo from: Goiânia, Brazil
04/03/2013 1:18 PM
Dear People from VOA,
Perfect! What should I say about? It isn't easy but I'll try.
Please, keep on offering this kind of singular support to all of us who has been struggling in english studying.
Thanks.


by: Thien Thanh from: Việt Nam
04/02/2013 8:15 AM
Song about spring will be happy od sad depent on songwrite at the time he write that song !

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