Posts Tagged ‘winter’

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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.

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Music for the winter

October 26, 2008

Well, the days are getting shorter and the weather is turning colder. But for those of us who look forward to winter (and maybe to encourage those who don’t), outdoor outfitters REI got a bunch of gear companies to sponsor songs about the snowy season, from bands including Apples in Stereo (above), Eagles of Death Metal, and Seattle power-pop band Quadrillion. The best part is that REI is making the songs available as unrestricted audiofiles for download. The MP3s are up already, and it looks like videos for most of the songs will be up later this winter.

REI Go Playlist

MP3: The Apples in Stereo – (Baby It’s) So Cold