The Story Behind the Song: Spring  

Sometimes people point out that the video for the song Spring is "kindof a really blurry video". Sometimes they point out that my mandolin is "kindof pretty out of tune". 

I look at them, every time I am sure, with a slight furl to my brow that I hope shows my interest in what they are saying, and hides a great involuntary internal shrug. 

Yes. 

It's true. 

It's blurry and it’s out of tune. 

My mom helped me record the video from the second floor of a house frame, mid build. I sat with the wisp of a Yukon summer wind behind and stared into a plywood shell. I sang to the the echo of a home not yet lived in and voiced my young fears with great gusto that deflated as I went: my mom gently adjusting the focus to the natural blur of her eyes without glasses. 

That evening, we looked back at our blurry days work and laughed until tiny blurry tears leaked out of the corners of our eyes. 

Five years later in a different Yukon life; near-end Yukon winter, I was asked “what will happen to the songs that don’t make it on the album”? 

“They die!” I declared with what I felt was self liberating authority. 

But that earnest human planted the tiniest seed of doubt, so I said, “If I do, it will have to be completely different.” 

The next morning, I walked my long commute from the riverbed town, up the clay cliffs, through melting snow drifts along the chain link fence that wraps the airport runway in a protective cage. I sat down in the studio and placed the song on the table and said. “I am not saying we should… but...” 

“Well..." He said, "it would have to be entirely different.” 

 

 

And so. 

 

We went to work

 

gently adjusting

 

the focus of the song

to the

natural hum

of my aging (but not old) ears.

 

 

8 comments

  • Jordan Norris

    Jordan Norris Pembroke, Ontario

    Calla I loved the original version but I also LOVE this version!!! I CANNOT wait for the album. Keep making music - you're still one of my favourite musicians and always in frequent rotation :)

    Calla I loved the original version but I also LOVE this version!!! I CANNOT wait for the album. Keep making music - you're still one of my favourite musicians and always in frequent rotation smile

  • Betty-Anne Field

    Betty-Anne Field Baden, Ontario

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Calla! Love the song ~ You have a magnificent voice!

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Calla! Love the song ~ You have a magnificent voice!

  • Dan

    Dan Yukon

    Nice story and great song!

    Nice story and great song!

  • Liz Farlymn

    Liz Farlymn Whitby, ON

    Beautiful !! I never tire of your voice and beautiful pure spirit !!! Can’t wait for the album 😍

    Beautiful !! I never tire of your voice and beautiful pure spirit !!! Can’t wait for the album 😍

  • Kirsty Dickson

    Kirsty Dickson Peterborough, Ontario

    Longing for spring. At least I can listen to Spring! Love the story!

    Longing for spring. At least I can listen to Spring! Love the story!

  • Diane L

    Diane L Whitehorse

    I love the joyful optimism in this sing and unique arrangement. Keep ‘em coming!

    I love the joyful optimism in this sing and unique arrangement. Keep ‘em coming!

  • Renee Conley

    Renee Conley London, Ontario

    "it sounded a lot like all of those cups that you broke while you were trying to find yourself." for some reason the tone of that line, and a few other bits really highlight the changes in this version to me. The old song will always be a favourite, as much a part of me as memories of the cabin and the drive north. And it has a sense of young wonder, the hope that amazing things will be on the horizon along with all the worries of what's to come. This one has a finality to it. Spring is here. the wait is over and the time is now, we'll handle everything it it throws at us and come out stronger for it. I'll probably have more to say about the new song, it sometimes takes a few days to process my thoughts. The old version came at an important time in my life and was my anthem as i prepared to move to England for the first time, hopeful, excited and worried. I'm currently in the process of moving there again more permanently, i can only hope that this becomes my new anthem and provides me with the strength and confidence. I love it, though it'l take days for me to fully process the change and learn to love it fully for what it is and what it isn't. (and yeah, maybe i over think things, but it's part of what i get out of good music).

    "it sounded a lot like all of those cups that you broke while you were trying to find yourself." for some reason the tone of that line, and a few other bits really highlight the changes in this version to me. The old song will always be a favourite, as much a part of me as memories of the cabin and the drive north. And it has a sense of young wonder, the hope that amazing things will be on the horizon along with all the worries of what's to come.

    This one has a finality to it. Spring is here. the wait is over and the time is now, we'll handle everything it it throws at us and come out stronger for it. I'll probably have more to say about the new song, it sometimes takes a few days to process my thoughts.

    The old version came at an important time in my life and was my anthem as i prepared to move to England for the first time, hopeful, excited and worried. I'm currently in the process of moving there again more permanently, i can only hope that this becomes my new anthem and provides me with the strength and confidence.

    I love it, though it'l take days for me to fully process the change and learn to love it fully for what it is and what it isn't. (and yeah, maybe i over think things, but it's part of what i get out of good music).

  • Zarrin

    Zarrin

    Love this song! All your music uplifts my spirits so much Calla!

    Love this song! All your music uplifts my spirits so much Calla!

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