We here at BHM hope that all you Northeastern snow bunnies have burrowed your way back to the surface and are now enjoying the brown, slushy fruits of the dreaded POLAR VORTEX, AAAAAAHHHHHHH!And if you don't live in a place that's had one of the worst winters in recent memory, congratulations! You win and we hate you a little.
Feeling the full force of Mother Nature's snow diarrhea had me wondering what everyone is listening to while trapped in their homes. So, I asked the group:
"Name 3 albums or songs that are winter or snow day go-tos and tell me why"
Dave: Johnny Flynn - Sweet William EP Sounds like a snowy day. The track "Drum" has a slow, trudging beat that sounds like a march through brown Philly snow. Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP Just good music for any day in the winter time. Bon Iver sings about the snow in Wisconsin, no matter what month we are in. Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans A slow, folky, banjo-y album that has a cold metallic ring to it, the type of music that lends itself to reading and watching the snow fall outside of your window.
Galen: Jeremy Messersmith - The Alcatraz Kid First caught my attention with the heartbreaking "Beautiful Children". However, the song "Snow Day" really captures the student's and teacher's longings for a day away from work. Tom Waits - Real Gone I spent a year living in Hudson, NY, working an hour away in Kingston. Driving those dark snow covered roads, I listened to this album both ways for about three months. There's something about the off-kilter sound of the guitars provided by Marc Ribot, along with Tom's creeptacular beat boxing that's been permanently attached to snow and winter roads. Neil Young - Freedom I fell in love with Neil Young in my childhood, and for me, the Freedom album is pretty much the pinnacle of my love affair with overdriven guitar into tweed amps. I got that album the same Christmas my brother got a Kinex Big Ball Factory. We put that weird contraption together over the course of several days, listening to that album on repeat. Just listening to that album now makes my fingers throb with remembered pain. It was a good Christmas.
Des: Tchaikovsky - Nutracker Suite I don't think I need to explain why. Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence The peaceful, quieting effect that falling snow brings always makes me think of this song. Zoe Keating - One Cello x 16: Natoma It seems like every time I see her live, it's in the winter and this album always brings me back.
Meg: Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago We all know Justin Vernon locked himself in a Wisconsin cabin for months and recorded this album. It just sounds like winter - cold, isolation, reflection, with a few dashes of depression. You can almost hear the snow piling up on the windows, cutting him off from the rest of the world. Tegan and Sara - Sainthood Released in the fall of '09, I rocked this album HARD through what turned out to be quite a self-revelatory winter. It always takes me back there. Horse Feathers - House with No Home Sort of the opposite vibe of Bon Iver's record. Horse Feathers' second album, and the first for me, conjures the cozy side of winter. Musicians siting together, playing heartfelt songs in a tucked away cabin by a crackling fire. Probably drinking hot toddies and wearing giant sweaters.
Now we want to hear from you!
What's YOUR favorite snow day music?