Nu grönskar det …

I have an “Ohrwurm” – an earworm: a piece of music that lingers in my mind. It’s a Swedish folksong based on a part of Johann Sebastian Bachs cantata “Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet”.

The text starts with “Nu grönskar det i dalens famn” which means “Now it flourishes in the valley’s arms”. And so it is: The birch trees in Skelleftehamn start to open their leaf buds and slowly, but surely nature becomes green again. And now – after much rain in the morning – even the sun came out. We had rain, now we need warmth and nature will explode. Sometimes spring in Northern Sweden is not a season but just a short switch from winter to summer.

2 comments to “Nu grönskar det …”

  1. Ma HB 2015-05-09 19:39

    Olaf, a nice photo – what kind of plant? Our garden is coloured with blossomed flowers. But there is much weed too! And so I have to work.
    Do you have a CD with your earworm? Yours Ma HB

  2. way-up-north 2015-05-10 00:16

    It’s a birch tree, Ma HB. I don’t have a CD of the tune, but I can play it on the piano.

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