Spring Frost

Today’s selection is the eighth track I’ve shared from the 2020 collaboration album Mixing Colours by English ambient musicians and brothers Brian Eno and Roger Eno. In my June 2021 post on “Iris,” I provide a link to an earlier post that, in turn, links to the other six.

The extended 18-track collection was the first full album by the duo since they worked with Canadian musician and producer Daniel Lanois on 1983’s Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks.

“Spring Frost” is the opening piece from Mixing Colours and has a theme that recurs through the rest of the work. The music came to mind this week as my city of Winnipeg, Canada has experienced a lot of cold weather since the first day of spring, a little over a week ago. As I stepped outside yesterday for a few minutes, I felt some joy at hearing water trickling down the drain in our back lane as the heavy, hard-packed accumulations of snow and ice began to melt again under bright sunlight. We are finally starting to return to milder, more seasonable temperatures.

The onset of spring always gives me hope, and despite all the suffering witnessed and lived around the world and the later start of spring here, this year is no different. The massive snow piles are slowly dwindling and will soon expose the remnants of my sweety’s beautiful flower and perennial garden and lawn from last year. Then the ferns, hostas, and other plants will slowly emerge and gradually green up our yard.

In the official video for “Spring Frost,” chosen from 1,700 entries to the video competition promoting the Mixing Colours album, the opening shot shows fluff mixed with twigs and other forest floor residue. At first, the image reminded me of thawing snow and how road dirt and other debris give it the grey, dirty look that we must endure before seeing the beautiful splashes of green and other vibrant colours of new plant and animal life. Human life is like that, too; we often have to pass through unpleasant, uncertain times as we learn and grow and can embrace—or at least accept—all those things in our lives.

Now you know a little about why this is My Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here is the official music video, submitted to the competition by Alexander Kasstan of London, England, posted on the official Deutsche Grammophon YouTube channel:

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