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“I can’t bear to see the sun go down, casting stormy shadows all around” January 11, 2010

I guess no one missed it, as for every snow flake being unique it's all very well saying it but let me see the proof!

As I trudged through the slush and snow this morning I got to thinking about winter songs. There really aren’t too many of them are there? Especially if you discount all the Christmas and December specific songs and also songs that by default are associated with Christmas such as Winter Wonderland. I also thought that as this is the UK’s coldest winter for 30 years I ought to at least mark it with a post!

So during my break today I thought of five winter songs which you can find below, hopefully these will help you get through the cold and boredom, especially if you are still stuck indoors. I spoke to someone yesterday who hasn’t been able to leave the house since last Tuesday, hello Mum! I’m also damned sure that you can send me many more winter songs too, so that’s your challenge dear readers! No Christmas or December songs though and whilst all mine have Winter in the title that doesn’t have to be the case

Rock And Roll Winter” – Wizzard. This band were formed by the very talented Roy Wood who initially found fame with the Move and went on to form ELO with Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan, also off of the Move. Wood bailed out in 1972 to form Wizzard just a couple of years before ELO went stratospheric! This song ended up being release in the Spring in the UK owing to some kind of dispute with the label I believe

Winter” – Tori Amos – Ms Amos is a fantastic singer songwriter whose music I really enjoy, although not as much as Kate Bush, someone she is often compared too. She is also a good friend of one of my favourite authors; Neil Gaiman. Tori began composing her own instrumental pieces at the age of just 5

Winter Melody” – Donna Summer I find it a little ironic that one of my favourite songs from someone named Summer is actually about Winter! This song is taken from Donna’s Four Seasons Of Love album released in 1976. It contained just four tracks; Spring Affair, Summer Fever, Autumn Changes and Winter Melody. there is also a reprise of Spring Affair at the end. The album length was just over 30 minutes

Hazy Shade Of Winter” – Simon And Garfunkel – This song was written by Paul Simon and recorded by the duo for their Bookends album released in 1968. The Bangles later covered the song for the soundtrack of the 1987 film Less Than Zero 

It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It’s Spring)” – Love Unlimited – These ladies began by providing backing vocals for the late great Walrus Of Love himself, Mr Barry White. The trio included his wife Glodean James and also his sister-in-law Linda James. This song reached the UK top 20 in 1975

Just to round this post up one casualty of this bad weather has been the cancellation of a number of gigs. My son’s band Steal The Smile were due to play at the FaceBar in Reading last Thursday, but the snow meant that the gig was cancelled. So if you were looking forward to seeing them last week here is a little something for you. Click here and go straight to their MySpace page, do not pass go and do not collect $200, just click and listen to some great songs from an excellent young band. They might not be winter songs but they are bloody good songs!

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8 Responses to ““I can’t bear to see the sun go down, casting stormy shadows all around””

  1. Mickelodeon Says:

    Hazy Shade of Winter – the version by the Bangles – is one of my favorites. I’ve heard them perform the song as it was originally written. A great tune! I would suggest ‘December Will Be Magic Again’ by KaTe (you had to be counting on that, Bill!), even though it’s not so much snow related. =)


    • justwilliam1959 Says:

      Strangely enough I almost used the Bangles version in that post! I knew that you would mention Kate, however I didn’t include anything about Christmas or December! That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it 😉


  2. Mickelodeon Says:

    I’m listening to Steal the Smile – they’re great. I love their sound and lyrics. =)


    • justwilliam1959 Says:

      hey I’m glad you like them, pass the link on to all your friends too, I’d like to start getting them a real groundswell of support on line 🙂


  3. Andy G Says:

    “Snowbound” by Genesis from their “..and then there were three” album is a wonderul winter song.
    “They say a snow years a good year, filled with the love of all who lie so deep” and all that.


    • justwilliam1959 Says:

      Good choice mate, for me that was probably the last great Genesis album, after that it was all Phil ‘Bloody’ Collins! definitely a great drummer, but not my favourite singer by a long way


  4. marian stan Says:

    I’m very fond of Winnie the Pooh (not to mention progressive rock – Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Vangelis and others of the same breed).


    • justwilliam1959 Says:

      Thanks for the comment and given your taste you might like to come back to my blog again, there have been quite a few Floyd and Hendrix posts. Now you’ve got me thinking that I should do something on Vangelis sometime




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