Friday, February 25, 2011

The Friday Phonograph

Last Friday in February - Can Spring be Far Behind?

by Anne French

I just looked at the calendar and realized that today is the last Friday in February. Soon the month of March will come blowing in like a lion and exit like a lamb, having ushered in the first day of Spring along the way. Today's Friday Phonograph heralds this much anticipated period with Henry Purcell's My Beloved Spake, a portion of a larger work titled Come, Ye Sons of Art. A few lines of lyrics, "For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come...," are filled with promise and hope. They came to mind today, and I share them here in a wonderfully joyful anthem sung by The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, directed by Timothy Brown. May your weekend be filled with the promise of Spring.

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