For the past few weeks, days at home have been cheered by a very vocal thrush who starts his loquacious singing at round about ten to five in the morning, and continues with almost no time off for eating, drinking or rest until about two minutes to ten at night. Here he is, in the featured photo.
For the past few weeks, our small a cappella choir has included in its repertoire a 16th century French song, composed by the German Steurlein, celebrating this very thing. I suggested it, because it brought back memories of the choir I sang with in France. Some members have cut up a bit rough, complaining their French accent wasn’t up to the challenge. In the end, I gave in and wrote an English version. I promised them cheesy, schmaltzy doggerel and that’s what they’ve got. Still, it’s all quite jolly, so why don’t you sing along with the YouTube video?
Oh, can you hear the song bird who trills and sings for me? His joyful notes are sounding from that far-distant tree. He banishes the darkness, casts out my dreary dreams. Oh, can you hear the song bird who trills and sings for me? I wander in the garden, the birds are always near. They're trilling, crooning, fluting, and singing loud and clear. They sound the end of winter, and welcome in the spring. I wander in the garden, the birds are always near. Let's greet the start of springtime, the season of rebirth, The birds and bees and flowers, all creatures on the earth. We'll welcome all the sunshine, and bid goodbye to chill. Let's greet the start of springtime, the season of rebirth.
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