Last night 94.7 KNRK played just about the perfect string of five songs in a row. We were driving into Portland on the way to celebrate our friend’s 10,000th day alive, over the Columbia River at about 85 degrees with a ridiculously awesome view of Mt Hood to the east. First was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes “Home” which my 3 year old asked us to turn up as soon as she heard it. Then it was Jack White – Lazaretto (first time hearing that on the radio), Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked, Sublime – Santeria, and Arctic Monkeys – Crawling Back to You. After the party we got back in the car and a live version of “No Woman No Cry” serenaded us. Seriously, folks, that’s a good set of tunes. When 94.7 is good, it’s really good.
It feels more like summer now, with longer days, hot sun, shades and shorts are in order. And that string of songs last night was purely summer time music – sweat it out, go to the beach, drive in a hot car, etc. It seems like summer is here (it’s hitting 90 today) but anyone who’s lived in the PNW long enough knows that the rains are coming back. So it’s not quite time for summer music yet. Last night was a sweet teaser though.
So let’s talk about spring. To really get in the mood of spring, the vocals should feel like a cool breeze, a burst of fresh oxygen to the senses. Guitar should be present, but gentle, not an intrusion but nourishing – like an light afternoon rain shower. And yes, a lot of the songs below feature rain in either the title or the lyrics. Spring is wet, and it is beautiful. Basically these songs are soothing, light and spry without being boring. And yes, there are some guilty pleasures.