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In the bleak midwinter

December 22, 2008

"Snowy" by g93dotnet

I’m not normally about holiday music. But both Seattle and Boston just celebrated the winter solstice by getting positively hammered with snow, and that made me think of this Pipettes version of “In The Bleak Midwinter.” It’s always kind of tickled me because it’s up there with ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?‘ as an egregious example of seeing the world through cultural blinders – I mean really, Ms. Rossetti –  I don’t think midwinter in Bethlehem is exactly characterized by “…water like a stone/snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow.”

Having said all that, the Holst tune is lovely, and I have a soft spot for this version.

MP3: The Pipettes – In the Bleak Midwinter

Image: Snowy by Flickr user g93dotnet, reposted here with permission.

4 comments

  1. [...] There are many renditions of “In the Bleak Midwinter” on the internet, most often set to music composed by Gustav Holst, ranging from full choral performances to instrumental solos; here are a couple: by Corinne May by the Pipettes [...]


  2. Thank you for recommending the Pipettes version of this song!


  3. You’re welcome! I’m glad you are enjoying it.


  4. [...] as you could probably tell from yesterday’s post, I’m not a big Christmas person. My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, never has. [...]



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