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But even after a winter as historically bleak as this one I will still defend my love of true winter because it makes the spring all that much sweeter. This morning I smiled because it was raining. Rather than snowing. In late March. Only someone whose dealt with freezer burn on their lungs could find happiness in a drippy, 40 degree day.
Indeed spring in the midwest is a brief and flighty thing that exists for, at most, six non-consecutive weeks between March and early June but it's no less glorious because of it. A long-time spring fever sufferer, I still dream every year of the utterly giddy feeling I got in college when the season's first day over 50 when I could get away with skipping an afternoon class, throwing together a mixtape and go tooling down country roads to find a place to walk amidst woods and birds.
Don't get me wrong, as a whole, spring 'round these parts is perhaps the least satisfying season. But like that girl/boy/other you always had a crush on growing up, the brief moments when the light shines on you are unbelievably heady in a ways a solid. steady relationship/season (OK, this metaphor is getting out of hand) never quite could.
Download Complete Mix As A .ZIP
1. Winter Blues - Red Kross Buy Researching The Blues
2. Moonless March - Aloha Buy Home Acres
3. March 9th (feat. Stage Soul Music) - DJ Premier Buy
4. Winterlong [Neil Young] - Pixies Buy Complete B-Sides
5. Return To Spring - Calexico Buy Live Session [EP]
6. Late March, Death March - Frightened Rabbit Buy Pedestrian Verse
7. April Come She Will - Simon & Garfunkel Buy Sounds Of Silence
8. Snow Is Gone - Josh Ritter Buy Hello Starling
9. Walking On Sunshine [Crooked Fingers Version] - Fucked Up Buy The Chemistry Of Common Life
10. Open The Door - The Men Buy New Moon
11. April Skies - The Jesus & Mary Chain Buy 21 Singles
12. Spring 2008 - Architecture In Helsinki Buy Fingers Crossed
13. Springtime In New York - Jonathan Richman Buy Her Mystery Is Not Of High Heels and Eye Shadow
14. Sure As Spring - La Luz Buy Damp Face [EP]
15. Springtime Is The Season - Of Montreal Buy Cherry Peel
16. Month Of May - Arcade Fire Buy The Suburbs
17. American Music - Violent Femmes Buy Why Do Birds Sing?
18. Itchycoo Park - The Small Faces Buy The Autumn Stone
19. The Boys Are Back In Town/Ignition Remix [Thin Lizzy/R. Kelly] - Mountain Goats Buy The Sunset Tree
20. Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks Buy Something Else