It's Spring! (vocal version)

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The reason I call this the "vocal version" is that there is an instrumental version of this song on my debut solo album (Wilfred Kozub - "What's Gonna Become of Us") that I released last year. I was definitely in spring mode when I wrote and recorded this. It's my favourite season, which is not so surprising since our winters up here in Edmonton can be pretty relentlessly long. When spring arrives, we're definitely ready for it. I think it's funny that as soon as the weather goes slightly above freezing, the sidewalk cafes come out and people are walking around in shorts!

"It's Spring!" seems to have an Americana feel to it, from my perspective. I was definitely thinking of early Van Dyke Parks, Philip Glass, and the Beach Boys. When I asked Jamie Philp if he would play banjo on the ending, around where my harmonica comes in, Jamie played exactly what I was after. Bob Tildesley's trumpet and flugelhorn also added the SPRING to the song, and I just love his fluttering flugelhorns right at the end, just before I trail off with 'wish it could always be spriii-iii-iiing'.

I think this is what I'll want to be listening to when spring comes around again. You?

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It’s Spring! By Wilfred Kozub

Alive in the air
I’m starting to feel alive

The lifeblood is running
The lifeblood is running
The lifeblood is running and I feel alive
There’s life in the air . . . yeah, I just feel alive!

Spring is coming
Where was it going? Flickers returning, Peregrines calling
Water is rolling first thing in the morning

Must have left something behind.

Wish it could always be spring
Wish it could always be spring

Alive in the air
The lifeblood is running
Yeah, alive in the air – feeling good!
And the lifeblood is running

Spring is coming . . . where was it going?
That it had to come back again?
Must have left something behind
That it needed to return to find

Robins returning, Peregrines preening
Primrose predicting first thing in the morning

Spring is coming . . . Spring is coming! . . .
It’s Spring!
Birds are singing
It’s Spring!
Spring. Wish it could always be spring
Wish it could always be spring

Copyright, ©, 2016, by Wilfred Kozub/Zönik Music Productions (SOCAN)

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from Passing Through Time, released January 20, 2017
Wilfred Kozub - vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion
Jamie Philp - banjo
Bob Tildesley - flugelhorn, trumpet

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Wilfred N & the Grown Men Edmonton, Alberta

Wilfred N & the Grown Men are a pop/rock institution in their home town of Edmonton, Canada. With roots in the New Wave scene of the early 80s, the group reliably offers up a striking set of tuneful and significant new songs of imagination and depth.

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