Here Comes the Sun!
After a wild two-day storm up from the tropics - in which the temp
shot to around 10 degrees! - the sun has returned. It's 6 degrees
now, should reach 10 again today, and then we're back to clouds and showers
for four more days, with nightly lows still above freezing.
In most of Canada people report a condition called the "February blahs" in
which they're just depressed from months of winter. We don't get that as much
on the west coast, since spring can actually start by early February - certainly,
by late February. However, we do get
longer runs of grey days than many parts of Canada. The reason, of course, is that
even though it might be minus 20 degrees there, it's still sunny. You don't get much
cloud when it's really cold. Here, on the other hand, we can have days on end that
are foggy, grey, and plus 5. It's nice, once you get used to it.
Spring is an exciting time anywhere, but here it can be incredible. One morning you
wake up - even in mid February - to explosive sun. By noon people are walking around in
their T-shirts. The birds are singing and kids are heading downtown just to walk around.
The dandelions might bloom. You hear lawn mowers in the afternoon. The day still ends early,
usually with a pink sunset.
Later, in the dark, you can watch the stars while a soft breeze taunts you with the smell of fresh-cut grass.
Speaking of spring, and the sun, here's George Harrison, who of course wrote Here Comes the Sun.
I've long been a fan of George's. He's been re-examined by the rest of the world, who've concluded
he merited much more attention. Over shadowed by John and Paul, George followed
his own direction, even while with the Beatles. Here Comes the Sun is an example: it's
arguably the most original - and recognizable - Beatles song. It appeals to the widest audience,
including, of course, children. In the fifty or so years since its writing, no other writer has even
tried to copy from it.
George, let's bring you into the sun on this marvelous day, and thank you for the hours I've spent
by myself either singing Here Comes the Sun, or else listening to it on an old record player.
Wikipedia was a source for this