When Did Snowflakes Fall So Sweet?

At last winter is melting away.

The piles of snow between our sidewalk and the street are getting smaller.

Tiny green fingers are pushing out of the earth…

And today the first crocus bloomed in our front yard!

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I planted a bunch of bulbs in November, right before the ground began to freeze.

And it appears that the squirrels did not dig all of them up — because crocus leaves are popping up everywhere.

Hurrah!

Several years ago I wrote a very simple song about spring and colored blossoms falling down to the ground.

 

This was before I started playing the ukulele — so I just sang into my lap top computer using the wonderful Apple program GarageBand.

Then I fooled around with a lot of the sounds and loops that are included with Garageband.

And then I took my laptop to my friend Doug Hammer’s studio, where he added a few more layers of sound — including spring peepers! — and I recorded (I think) a few more vocal tracks.

After Doug mixed it, I spent time at the Apple store on Boylston Street in Boston, getting help in terrific “one to one” training sessions (which Apple used to offer) about how to make a video to accompany my song.

The final product is pasted above.

Here are more crocus photos to savor…

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There is a yard at the top of a hill between Harvard Square and Central Square in Cambridge.

I go there every spring because their front yard is PACKED with crocus, snowdrops, and miniature iris.

It is very similar to this photo except much smaller in total square footage.

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I wonder how many years of planting bulbs it takes to create a field like this!

I am waiting to see my first pollinator of the season.

It is amazing that bees can survive our New England winters — and then they appear as soon as the first blossoms open their petals to the sun.

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There are so many important causes to which one can devote time and care and love and money these days.

I am a fan of environmental advocacy — because without functioning ecosystems, the human species will collapse.

Just like our populations of pollinators (bats, butterflies, bees, etc.) have been collapsing in recent years…

Crocii-Yellow-Snow

All sorts of factors may be causing this collapse — including our human use of pesticides and herbicides.

So I no longer use any products like RoundUp or wasp spray.

And I pay extra money to buy organic produce and meat — mostly because it is healthier for the people who plant the food, who cultivate the food, who harvest the food, who clean the food, who package the food, who ship the food, and who handle it in our stores.

I also support organic farming because the hedgerows and bacteria and trees and streams and animals who co-exist with — and in the case of pollinators are partially responsible for — our food crops are not being poisoned either!

May all beings bloom and grow and flourish in an ever-changing balance…

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Thank you to Mother Nature for inspiration.

Thank you to Apple engineers for creating laptop computers and Garageband.

Thank you to the former “one to one” teaching team at the Apple store in Boston.

Thank you to Doug Hammer for his musical and engineering expertise.

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Thank you to Pixabay for beautiful images of crocii.

And thank YOU for reading and watching and listening to another blog post.

I welcome your comments and/or feedback.

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13 thoughts on “When Did Snowflakes Fall So Sweet?

  1. Love this Will, I completely agree about round up, etc. in fact I stop when I see people in my neighborhood spraying with tanks on their backs and ask them why are they poisoning our land and water. So they don’t like me – too fucking bad. 💜🙏✌️

    • The chemical/poison companies — along with well-intentioned agricultural scientists, ag economists, government officials, well-paid advertising agencies, etc — have educated many of us to reach for a toxic substance to “solve” a problem — whether that problem is weeds growing in the cracks of our driveway, too many mosquitoes at a backyard BBQ, etc. Hurrah that you are attempting to educate your neighbors! And thanks for reading/listening, Jane!!!

  2. Such a sweet, optimistic post, Will! And your song and video, too–you have the most thankful approach to the world of anyone I know, I think! And you might find that your crocuses, if they are happy, will naturalize and multiply every year–something else to be thankful for.

    • Thanks for listening, KerryCan! It is true thatI have become a fan of gratitude — because giving thanks is one of the few things that helps me escape (if only for a moment or two) the gloom and doom I often experience when I listen to the political/economic/military/industrial news rippling around the USA and planet earth. I do, however, take some comfort from the fact that life — amazingly — continues to unfold around our house in the form of crocuses and honeybees and cardinals and squirrels (who I hope are somewhat oblivious to our human drama even though our human choices can affect their lives in catastrophic ways…) I am guessing that the naturalization and multiplication effect of bulbs is what ends up creating the amazing lawns/meadows of crocus in some of the photos I found at Pixabay… Something to strive for in 20 years!!!

  3. Lovely song and video, Will. The sounds got the attention of one of my cats. 🙂 It’s good to know the crocuses are beginning to bloom in your area. My older daughter and her wife live in Boston, so now I know spring is arriving there, too.
    Kerry is right, the crocuses might spread and multiply. We have them all around our house now– daffodils, too–where we never planted them.

    • I love that the sounds got the attention of one of your cats. The spring peepers, perhaps! I love that you have daffodils sprouting in new places around your house… Do you sprinkle any sort of compost or organic fertilizer at a certain time of year to make sure the bulbs are well-nourished?
      THANK YOU for taking time to listen AND write a comment!!!

      • The spring peepers got his attention, but he reacts to music, too. (Our other cat doesn’t.) I am the world’s worst gardener. We planted most of the bulbs about 30 years ago when we first moved to this house–and we’ve never done anything to else to them. 🙂

  4. Will this a lovely song… It is actually my type of music- because I love movement within music. I love the way it ebbs and flows with the different instruments coming in and fading out around that sweet catchy, almost anthem like melody. It is incredibly atmospheric and technically accomplished….and no I’m not being nice. It is something to be really proud of. It’s delightful and pretty cool! Haven’t got a favourite bit because I like it all! Great Work! Subscribed on you tube- also enjoyed cottage song. You need to do more… you are good- great voice too- (and not I am not being nice again!) All my best Paul

    • THANK YOU for your enthusiastic feedback, Paul. I DO love to tinker with all of the wonderful sounds and textures and beats that are part of GarageBand. I often feel like they are sonic beads which I use to make a musical bracelet or earring or necklace or headband or belt… When I was laid off by my day job of 16 years, I decided to focus on making music full-time. The only downside of this decision is that — so far — my original music has not earned me much income. So I have focussed on leading Music Together classes and also on putting together one-hour programs of songs by a particular songwriter which I perform with a jazz pianist at retirement communities, public libraries and coffeehouses. But I do continue to plug away on my original songs — and will feature another one in an upcoming blog post. I TRULY appreciate you taking the time to listen to my music, Paul, and then taking MORE time to send me such warm praise.

      • Firstly Will it is my pleasure to offer warm praise COZ IT’S DESERVED! Secondly About not making any money out of your amazing talent… YER PREACHING TO THE CHOIR!!!! But you know you have just gotta carry on. If you don’t write, all you will ever amount to is a collection of unsung songs in your head.. or in my case unwritten stories. Your talent is extraordinary and needs to be heard. Even if it’s one person listening. I wrote about Bowie’s struggle for recognition (I’m not doing the big I am.. but if you want to look at it.. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2018/02/04/meet-guest-author-paul-andruss/ )
        He was in the wilderness and had everything in his favour: the music press loved him, the star of his record company with unlimited funds, beautiful songs. Then seemingly out of the blue he gathered momentum and never looked back.. now he is a cultural art icon… Very nearly never happened. But when it did he had 4 LPs in the top 10 at the same time. Take heart mate. Paul

    • You are welcome, Susan! Several more crocus are blooming today in the front yard. Hurrah! We have been thinking about Paddocks a lot while watching new Netflix documentary about Antelope… THANK YOU for reading and watching and listening to my blog post.

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