Monday’s Music Moves Me: Spring, Rain, Flowers, and Other Stuff

It’s Monday! And we have a new guest conductor: Kim from The Reinvintaged Life. Her first assignment for all of us is to play songs about spring, flowers, rain, and anything else “springy.” Before we start, though, I’ve done a playlist with 28 of my favorite “rain” songs (it used to be 30, but two vanished), so I’ll probably stay away from those. Anyway, here we go…

  1. The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” The Cowsills were a family band, like The Partridge Family (i fact, The Cowsills were the basis for the Partridges) that had a few hits in the ’60’s. This reached #2 in 1967.
  2. Neil Diamond, “Sweet Caroline” Not a “spring” song per se, but there is that line “’twas in the spring, and spring became the summer.” It reached #4 in the US (#3 on the Adult Contemporary chart) in 1969.
  3. Tom Lehrer, “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” A frighteningly cheery song by the master of songs like this one, former Harvard professor Tom Lehrer. From the album An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer.
  4. Jason Donovan, “Rhythm of the Rain” Jason won a Battle of the Bands on this one back in 2015. I have another Battle that just started today that pits two foreign versions of the song against one another that you might be interested in participating in. It’s in the post immediately preceding this one, so feel free.
  5. Bing Crosby, “Easter Parade” Easter is the quintessential spring holiday, and 1942’s Holiday Inn, with Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds is the quintessential holiday movie. This song is from that movie. But you probably already knew that.
  6. The Statler Brothers, “Flowers On The Wall” My brother Kip would like to remind you that this was played at an interesting juncture in the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction, which I haev yet to see in its entirety. Title track from their 1965 album, it reached #2 on the Country chart, #4 on the Hot 100, and #1 in Canada.
  7. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, “April In Paris” I always marvel that these two sound so good together. This recording features Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums.
  8. The Beach Boys, “Graduation Day” Late spring is the time of year for graduations at all levels, so this fit the theme. It’s been sung by a number of acts where harmony is key, such as The Lettermen, The Four Freshmen, and The Arbors, who reached #19 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1967.
  9. Lynn Anderson, “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” This turned out to be a crossover hit for Ms. Anderson, reaching #1 on the Country chart, #3 on the Hot 100, and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US and #1 on both the Country and Pop chart in Canada in 1970.
  10. The Beatles, “Rain” Always good to get a song by The Fab Four in whenever possible. This was the flip side of “Paperback Writer” and hit #1 just about everywhere in the English-speaking world in 1966.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 1, 2019.

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27 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Spring, Rain, Flowers, and Other Stuff

  1. I think there are many songs that fire this theme. I love Easter Parade from the movie but also the film with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. I would pick, “Here comes the rain again” by Annie Lennox. To be a brat I would also pick “Springtime for Hitler!” By Mel Brooks From the film, “The Producers.”

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  2. John,

    I listened to your playset while looking for a birthday present for my mom which is coming up this week that I allowed to sneak up on me. Where does the time go? Anywho, I enjoyed all of your mewsic and while I’d love to comment on a particular song(s), I’m afraid I am unable to do that now. Trust me, I loved having it play in the background making my Internet shopping or lack of more enjoyable. I’m off to check to cast my vote in your newest BoTB. Have a boogietastic week.

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  3. Great list. The Cowsills — the first concert my sister attended. I am a huge Statler Brothers fan, so Flowers on the Wall is a favorite of mine.

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  4. How about ” Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” – or ” My Old Kentucky Home” for the Kentucky Derby. As a sports fan spring always meant baseball, Kentucy Derby, The Masters and The Indianapolis 500.

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  5. Hey John,
    Awesome Blog. I will definitely be back. A few quick notes….1. I am constantly throwing stuff in my blogs about the Partridge Family (People either love it or keep shaking their heads). I grew up with them, and the Cowsills lived in Rhode Island in their “hey day.” Indian Lake is in R.I. There was a “retro version of “I never promised you a rose garden” by Kon Kan. I really like it. Flowers on the Wall is just pure Genius! Good Luck with the A-Z.
    Zulu Delta

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  6. Then I knew… I knew, I knew, I knew you would make me happy!!! ~hehehe~ … and Spring became Summer… but then Spring became beer & then we poisoned pigeons in the park??? hahaha Rhythm of the pouring rain… wasn’t that originally by Lou Christie??? Okay, my favorite “In your Easter bonnet… “! Yep, Easter Parade then you definitely know it’s Spring! Oh my gosh John, you have done a fabulous job! A fab tune list ever!!!!

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  7. Thanks so much for participating! I always love seeing what people come up with and different folks’ different “take” on the themes!

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  8. Great songs and you even remembered the Easter Parade and Graduation Day. Very enjoyable playlist. Sweet Caroline is a Spring song since the Red Sox play it during their games and Spring means baseball here even if we’re not Sox fans.

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