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Spring, The Sky Rippled with Geese - With Maria Schneider

Based on a poem by Ted Kooser

Birds provide a lot of inspiration for composer Maria Schneider, whose album titled Winter Morning Walks won three Grammy awards in 2014. One song from that album, “Spring, The Sky Rippled With Geese,” features Ted Kooser’s poem of the same title. Here’s what Maria says about spring: “That’s my favorite time of year! When you feel the geese coming north and just the littlest buds coming out . . . It’s so magical.”
You can learn more about Maria's experience in writing music -- which she shares freely as a part of every project -- and learn how to participate and receive her recordings by clicking a link below.

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Spring, The Sky Rippled With Geese – Featuring Maria Schneider

Interview by Chris Peterson

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To celebrate the returning of spring, poet laureate Ted Kooser wrote Spring, The Sky Rippled With Geese [calls of Canada Geese]

Spring, the sky rippled with geese,

but the green comes on slowly,

timed to the ticking of downspouts.

The pond, still numb from months

of ice, reflects just one enthusiast

this morning, a budding maple

whose every twig is strung with beads

of carved cinnabar, bittersweet red.

Then, with singer Dawn Upshaw*, jazz composer Maria Schneider, put the poem to music:

Selection from Spring, The Sky Rippled With Geese, from the album Winter Morning Walks 

Here’s Maria: 

“That’s my favorite time of year! When you feel the geese coming north and just the littlest buds coming out, and the sound of the dripping… It’s so magical…” 

To welcome spring with Maria Schneider’s music, begin at

[Go out with Spring, The Sky Rippled With Geese]


Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.  Calls of Canada Geese recorded by G.B. Reynard. 

“Spring, The Sky Rippled with Geese” Track 8 from the Winter Morning Walks album composed by Maria Schneider, 

BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.

Producer: John Kessler

Executive Producer: Chris Peterson

© 2014 Tune In to         March 2017/2020   Narrator: Mary McCann Marantz VI Tracks 4-27

ID# schneiderm-01-2014-03-05 schneiderm-01       

* Recorded with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and selected members of Maria Schneider’s band.