Music Monday: Winter Music

Winter has come. Cold wind, snow, cold wind, and also did I mention wind? It’s not terribly snowy yet, but there’s a bit happening.

I hate winter. And although we are well on our way to Christmas, I’m not feeling the Christmas songs just yet. But winter songs might be suitable.

There are not a lot of great popular songs about winter. Because — and I know this will come as a shock to you — SNOW AND COLD IS DEPRESSING. But there are a couple. Do I like most of them? No.

We can go with the 70s cheese of Foreigner, though:

OH DON’T YOU DARE MOCK MY LOVE OF FOREIGNER. LIKE YOU DON’T HAVE ANY DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS.

There are a few covers of wintery songs I don’t hate. As a child of the 80s, there’s always this poppy cover by The Bangles of a Simon and Garfunkel song:

Which is to say, sacrilege. Oh well. I make no excuses for the 80s.

Another cover less likely to offend delicate musical sensibilities is this one by Sarah McLachlan, which does a lovely justice to Gordon Lightfoot’s classic.

Quite pretty and makes me want to sit by the fire.

And as far as instrumentals go, you cannot beat the beautiful George Winston album “December”, of which this is one of several. Some are Christmas-y. This one, titled “Thanksgiving”, is obviously not.

And then, if you want full on rock out winter love, it’s got to be Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Wizards of Winter”.

I refrained from one of the many videos which orchestrate Christmas lights displays with the song. Nobody needs a seizure at this time of year.

Anyone got any other favourites? Leave me a comment. Not Christmas stuff, mind — there’s plenty of time for that later.