About this art: Bring May Flowers is a short song-atmosphere titled after the adage “April showers bring May flowers.” The soundscape begins with ambient rain sounds and scattered musical elements, but gradually evolves into a more cohesive and harmonious beat. Bring May Flowers represents a blooming and brightening of musical “flowers,” as well as a general reflection on the transition from darker times to better days. When I received the artwork that would serve as the inspiration for Bring May Flowers, I was immediately struck by the verdancy and lushness of the color palette. I knew I wanted to capture the concepts of sustenance, growth/blooming, and life-giving water that are on display in the picture. I also felt both a depth (of the bath tub and in the greenery) and a wide spaciousness when looking at the art. In my attempt to synthesize all these things, I created a “rainy day” soundtrack from which a bright, grassy texture emerges. About Ariel Sol Bertulfo Schwartz: Ariel Sol (“Ari”) Bertulfo Schwartz is a music composition and harp performance major at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He is currently the student of professors Florence Sitruk and P. Q. Phan. Ari’s compositions and commissioned pieces have been recognized on local, state, and national levels by organizations such as the Illinois Music Education Association and the American Harp Society. In his music, both performance and composition, Ari aims to create and nourish community and to unite listeners by taking a person-oriented approach to music. He thoroughly enjoys collaboration with other musicians, artists, and humans in general.