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wonders never cease Wednesday, January 12, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12th, 2011 a little snow is kind of nice ...

JPK_6042 After last winter, it seems strange to be pining for snow, but we've been oddly disappointed by the near misses we've had so far. Last night's dusting was a lovely and easy-to-shovel sample that leaves us wanting more. We're not asking for five feet or anything, just enough for a little sledding or a snowman. Here are 12 snow-themed songs to encourage Mother Nature:

1. “The Hounds of Winter” – Sting
The opening track from former middle school teacher Gordon Sumner’s fifth solo studio album, Mercury Falling. The album title also happens to be the opening line to this first song, and the closing words to the album’s last song, “Lithium Sunset.”

2. “White Winter Hymnal” – Fleet Foxes
Beautiful song from one of 2008’s breakout bands, who put out good albums but are even better live, just the way it should be.

3. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” – Dean Martin
You can just picture Dino with martini in hand, throwing another log on the fire and enjoying the extended visit while it lasts. The guy was from Ohio, so he had to know how to make the best use of snow days, right?

4. “Snow” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
This one is really about drugs and recovery from addiction, but it’s a good song, and the title fits the theme nicely. Don’t do drugs, kids.

5. “Rain and Snow” – Be Good Tanyas
Three Canadian songbirds knock out a beautiful tune with a reggae beat strummed on a banjo. Anyone know another song that accomplishes that?

6. “15 Feet of Pure White Snow” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Cryptic angst from the gloomy Aussie, who asks “Is there anybody out there please? It’s too quiet in here and I’m beginning to freeze. I’ve got icicles hanging from my knees under fifteen feet of pure white snow.”

7. “Snow Day” – Three Days Wait
A song sure to bring memories of your own snow days growing up, performed by a band formed to help raise money to provide food and shelter to impoverished kids.

8. “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” – Frank Zappa
Baltimore native’s first song to hit the charts, this song remains a favorite of second graders across the nation.

9. “Velvet Snow” – Kings of Leon
This song from the Followhill brothers' 2005 sophomore effort was part of the wave that pushed these rockers into the limelight.

10. “Snow” – Harry Nilsson
John Lennon’s old drinking buddy covers a Randy Newman tune on an album that should have launched them both to stardom. Two of music’s brightest stars at the top of their game.

11. “Winter Coat” – Dark Dark Dark
From last year's The Snow Magic, this great band has an entire album that qualifies for this week's play list.

12. “Snowed In” – Albert Collins
Veteran Bluesman applies a touch of the blues to the snow day, including a recreation of a car struggling to start played on his Stratocaster.

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