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"Sometimes It Snows In April" reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

The title to Jason Cole’s single, “Sometimes It Snows In April,” refers to life’s unexpected troubles. In other words, it doesn’t usually snow in the spring. However, there are years when a region gets snow at unusually times – even in April.

Cole doesn’t explicitly say this, but there’s a saying that goes, ‘You can’t have pretty flowers unless you don’t also get a little rain.’ In the chorus, Cole sings about how his mother reminds him that April showers bring May flowers -- well, in so many words.

“Sometimes It Snows In April” has a plodding beat, with sparse instrumentation. There is a soulful organ part that supports Cole’s vocal the whole way through. It is a gentle ballad.

The singer/songwriter gets specific when he talks about a childhood friend that was always getting into fights growing up. His life ended suddenly with an adult fight, however. Cole reminds us “he died on a cold spring day sticking up for someone.” I like how he suggests this sudden death happened in April (“a cold spring day”) without specifically saying the month of the year.

This song is as much about the relationship Cole has with his mother, as it is about attempting to make sense of life’s seemingly unexplainable events. You get the impression Cole turns to his mother whenever he needs help seeing the bigger picture. They say that youth is wasted on the young. Nevertheless, Cole – a younger man – clearly sees the advantage of speaking with someone who has seen and experienced more than he has.

Stylistically, this track has the feel of an old Jackson Browne song from the ‘70s. Granted, his voice is very different from Browne’s. Even so, the arrangement – particularly the slow and steady beat and organ fills – brings to mind an approach to recording songs that served Browne so well.

This song is both sad and hopeful at the same time. Yes, bad things happen when we least expect them to. However, there is the healing sunshine, if we just have the patience to wait for it.

*Review by Dan MacIntosh

*(Dan MacIntosh has been a professional music journalist for 30 years and his work has regularly appeared in many local and national publications, including CCM, CMJ, Paste, Mean Street, Chord, HM, Christian Retailing, Amplifier, Inspirational Giftware, Stereo Subversion, Indie-Music, Soul–Audio, Country Standard Time and Spin.com.)

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