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Songs of the Season: Spring

Tony Bennett, Helen Forrest, and others help us commemorate the changing of the seasons.

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It Might As Well Be Spring

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Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "It Might As Well Be Spring" won the 1945 Academy Award for best original song.

Afterglow welcomes fairer weather this week with a long-running program tradition–”Songs of the Season,” this time celebrating the arrival of spring. Cassandra Wilson kicks things off with her recent recording of “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” (written by the wonderful, underrated songwriting team of Fran Landesman and Tommy Wolf); we’ll hear sad and sardonic songs about spring from Nat King Cole and Jackie and Roy, as well as springtime odes to certain cities and more. To hear some of our previous springtime “songs of the season” programs, check out the Afterglow archives.

Music Heard On This Episode

Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
Cassandra Wilson — Loverly (Blue Note, 2008)
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Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
Cassandra Wilson — Loverly (Blue Note, 2008)
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Spring Is Here
Nat King Cole — Where Did Everyone Go? (Collector's Choice, 2007)
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Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
Ella Fitzgerald — Hello Love (Verve, 2004)
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So It's Spring
Jackie and Roy — The ABC-Paramount Years (Koch, 1997)
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Suddenly It's Spring
June Christy — The Intimate Miss Christy (Blue Note, 2006)
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It Might As Well Be Spring
Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto — Getz Au Go Go (Verve, 2007)
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Soft As Spring
Benny Goodman/Helen Forrest — Complete Helen Forrest With Benny Goodman (Collector's Choice, 2001)
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I'll Remember April
Bud Powell — Complete Blue Note and Roost (Blue Note, 1994)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Spring in Manhattan
Tony Bennett — Fifty Years: the Artistry of Tony Bennett (Sony, 2004)
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April in Paris
Billie Holiday — All or Nothing at All (Polygram, 1995)
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Springtime in Chicago
Sun Ra — Super-Sonic Jazz (Evidence, 1992)
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Early Spring
Miles Davis — That Devilin' Tune V. 4 (Music and Arts, 2006)
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Some Other Spring
Dexter Gordon — The Art of the Ballad (Prestige , 1998)
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A Spring Morning
Herbie Mann — Herbie Mann Plays (Rhino/WEA, 2001)
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A Fine Spring Morning
Blossom Dearie — Blossom Dearie (Polygram, 1989)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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