“It Might As Well Be Spring” was written by Rogers and Hammerstein for the movie “State Fair.” Even though Jeanne Crain starred in the film, the original version sung was by Luanne Hogan. It won the Academy Award for best original song. I wonder what it must have been like for Luanne to have turned in an award winning performance she could never take credit for.
Clifford Brown recorded this version on October 14,1954.
The 1964 album “Getz/Gilberto” on which this song appears is credited with starting the bossa nova craze. It featured Stan Getz and João Gilberto and vocals by Astrud Gilberto. It was one of the best selling jazz albums of all time and it won the Grammy for Best Album Of The Year.
If we could ask her, I bet The Beautiful Bulldog would say “It Might As Well Be Spring” is her winter anthem. She’s too short haired for cold weather and too neurotic to wear doggie clothes so she spends a lot of time indoors being very very bored. We try to keep things interesting by smearing peanut butter on toys and tossing the rope bone around our tiny house but she’s really pining for the great outdoors. There’s rabbit poop on the lawn just ripe for sampling and our swing set hasn’t be properly herded in months! Eventually though spring will come and my pup will see her neighborhood again. I just hope by then the cold weather dogs haven’t undone all her fine utility pole scent work. I’d hate to have to see her start from scratch (and sniff).
“It Might As Well Be Spring” was written for the 1945 movie “State Fair” which was a remake of a non-musical 1933 Will Rogers film. The song won Rogers and Hammerstein their one and only Oscar. I love far too many Rogers and Hammerstein songs to say that this one is the greatest ever but it is nice. Here is a nice Clifford Brown trumpet version.
If I ruled the universe, winter would confine itself to the month of December. I have scientifically determined that a cold and snowy winter wonderland is charming for exactly 31 days and not a second longer! Unfortunately, around these parts, winter usually hangs on through March and sometimes even into April. By this time of year I’m usually applying to my boss for a transfer to our office in the sixth level of hell because none of our 150 earthbound locations could possibly be in a warm enough place for my tastes.
This year is different. It’s early March and temperatures have already gotten up into the high 40’s and low 50’s. My daughter has left home and joined the vast tribe of outdoor children. She does remember me at meal and bed times so I don’t forget what she looks like. I’ve stopped skulking in the hallways at work and started walking outside again. So far the sunshine has totally kept my usual springtime funk at bay. I sure hope winter follows tradition and sticks it to us one more time before it gives up completely. I’m not sure I’ll survive these sunshine induced high spirits all the way through fall.