“Morning Morgantown,” Joni Mitchell.
In words and music, Mitchell creates a supremely lyrical and vivid portrait of the dawn of a new day.
“Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year,” Jeri Southern.
The unjustly neglected 1950s-’60s songbird imbues Frank Loesser’s lovely tune with sweet resignation.
“Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles.
George Harrison’s hopeful, joyous tune from Abbey Road never gets stale.
“It’s a Beautiful Morning,” The Rascals.
Try to forget that it was used in commercials and revel in its unadulterated glee.
“Spring Is Here,” Tierney Sutton.
Although it’s a rather melancholy song, this contemporary jazz songstress sings with more tenderness than sadness in a beautifully arranged track.
“You Go to My Head,” Sarah Vaughan.
The dizzy feeling of spring love comes to a frothy head in this recording from Vaughan’s early years.
Spring Sonata, Beethoven.
Performed by Pinchas Zukerman and Daniel Barenboim. This work for violin and piano finds old Ludwig in one of his sunniest moods. You can almost see the daffodils popping up.
“April in Paris,” Dawn Upshaw.
The singer exhibits sheer effervescence pouring out her heart in Vernon Duke’s classic tune about new love and a city with chestnuts in blossom.”