At least 5 times over the past month, I’ve said things are not my favorite, and that in and of itself is not my favorite. So I thought I’d give you 5 things that are my favorite this week.
Okay, so I started off doing that, but then figured out there have not been a lot of things that are my favorite this week. (Besides steak and cheese) So instead – I’m giving you my top 5 winter songs. A little mix tape for you, via this post, for the next time it snows, and you need something to listen to (or something to re-read, because I know you’re all just sitting around, obsessively rooting through these blog posts when storms hit.)
5) Metallica’s Trapped Under Ice, which is super folksy and sweet-sounding, and makes you want to curl up next to the fire and have a cup of tea.
Or – rather – captures kind of accurately how I feel after being stuck in the house with Anna for three days straight because she’s sick and we’ve had snow days and blizzards. The first day you’re locked in because of a blizzard feels sweet because you know everyone has slowed down – the guilt of curling up with tea or red wine and a bad movie (I recommend 200 cigarettes – super entertaining, amazing cast, and no heavy plot to pay attention to, so if you miss a minute to refill your wine glass, you’ll be able to catch up without pressing pause) is gone, because you know everyone else is locked in and might be able to force themselves to relax. But after about 24 hours, it can be suffocating.
For me, anyway.
4) Winter, Tori Amos: I love her. I forget I love her sometimes, because I think I get in little Tori ruts and listen to too much of her and need breaks. She’s kind of intense. But I started loving her when I heard this album, and more importantly, this song, when I was a little I-want-to-be-a-feminist-and-I-don’t-know how girl, rotating between her Little Earthquakes album and Ani’s Dilate. And this song is actually sweet sounding and reflective in a snow-falling kind of way.
3) While I Shovel The Snow, the Walkmen: I think this follows suit to the sweet sound of Tori, and is supportive of the slowdown kind of feeling of being locked indoors for 24 to 48 hours. In fact, maybe this is the song you put on before you hit Metallica, but I couldn’t rank them that way, because although I have deep raisedonMetallica love, I like the Walkmen better.
2) Hazy Shade of Winter, the Bangles: You might think I should have gone with Simon and Garfunkles version, but the the Bangles version is sooooo awesome, and I don’t think I’ve gotten over my crush on Susanna Hoffs. Look at her:
Although I was also partial to the redhead that ditched out at some point.
Seriously watch the video:
In addition to just being amazing, it was for the soundtrack for Less Than Zero – which could be summarized as the culmination of many of my 80’s obsessions: Robert Downey, Jr., Andrew McCarthy, Bret Easton Ellis, and, of course – the Bangles.
Really, you should just listen to this song while you make popcorn and settle in to watch Less Than Zero, followed by 200 cigarettes, with a bottle of Picket Fences Pinot Noir (my current favorite).
1) White Winter Hymnal, by Fleet Foxes: Watch it, the video is just as legit awesome as the song itself (Anna agrees, and she is a harsh critic – anything that doesn’t have a female lead with some cotton candy pop attached is in her eyes, not worth listening to). I don’t have much to say about it, other than the fact that it was given to me in a mix of songs from someone I love, because she thought I would love it – and it was wintertime, and that pretty much solidified it as a favorite.
In other words, in this house, there’s really nothing better than a mix tape. So the next time it snows, if you can mange it, put your boots on and head this way. We have popcorn, 200 cigarettes, and the store around the corner sells really good wine. And if you can’t make it, enjoy the love from me via the mix tape. Happy Winter, folks.