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    I'm just listening to Tori Amos' Midwinter Graces, and it prompted me to wonder what music people associate with Midwinter (or Christmas, or whatever you prefer to think of it as) that we're NOT likely to hear playing in Primark this December?

    There's a Christmas mix my Dad made when I was tiny that I've listened to every December since, and has become Christmas musonified (is that a word?) for me, including parts of Handel's Messiah and a good dose of Steeleye Span.

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    It's this version of Gaudete for me:

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    Midwinter is, for me, the time to wallow in depressing music with lots of strings.

    I was actually just listening to this:

    Also, the entirety of Sigur Ros' ( ).

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    This sprang to mind first... cold and dark, and the line 'it is a starless winter night's tale - it suits you well'.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2010
    Growing up, I associated Christmas with this LP of singing monks from an abbey in upstate NY. My father had odd tastes in music. But at least he spared us hours of Bing Crosby and the like.

    A few years back I picked up a bunch of Christmas music CDs from a dollar store, for use as stocking stuffers. Most were execrable; lots of autoharps and flutes and bell choirs. But one had a piece I find both cheering and hilarious: The Ode to Joy on clawhammer dulcimer (adopted from an arrangement popularized by Pete Seeger for banjo), which suddenly merges into Angels I Have Heard on High.

    And then there's the Christmas Revels CD I picked up around the same time. Some interesting poetry and carols sung by kids, plus a couple pieces that blow me away: A great take on The Holly and the Ivy, and the original non-clogging-and-dancing Lord of the Dance:
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2010
    I for one will be dusting off my Gjöll collection for the next few weeks.....

    And i will be listening to these titles as well....

    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2010
    I don't necessarily relate this song to midwinter, but it did wonders for me last night in lifting my mood and I would heartily prescribe it as a midwinter blues antidote:

    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2010
    That Barry Adamson and Pansonic album is sooooo good.
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2010
    Grouper, Gregor Samsa, and Brian Borcherdt's albums after The Remains Of.
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    Mr. Duffield-I really like Midwinter Graces, I've been listening to it a lot in my car.

    My guilty holiday pleasure/midwinter pleasure is Twisted Sister's "Twisted Christmas," it's so wrong, but it's a lot of fun.

    I also am quite fond of Handel's Messiah, I've sung it several times both in college and in my local choral society and I love to sing along to the Chorus. Although, I feel kind of strange rocking out to the Hallelujah Chorus in my car, although that one's more common. I have a gospel choir version of the Hallelujah that I really enjoy.
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    Always liked the Pogues Fairy Tale of New York around this time of year, a perfectly disfunctional song.

    "Well, it's Christmas eve, and I'm in the drunk tank..."

    "You scumbag, you maggot,
    you cheap lousy faggot,
    Merry Christmas your arse,
    I hope it's our last

    Just puts me in that holiday mood.
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    Well since I tend to spend most Xmas's and New Year in various altered states it's mostly certain techno tracks that invoke the season.

    This one especially.

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    I've had this record for as long as I can remember. It got broken out every year when I was a kid. It's still playable.

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    @shannon.gilly-My daughter has gotten into Peanuts and so I bought her a Peanuts piano book, she has been playing Linus and Lucy, the Peanuts theme a lot, it's so great to see her enjoy something I loved as a kid and still love.
    • CommentAuthor___________
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2010 edited
    I associate WInter with the 'Faith / Carnage Visors' 2 on 1 cassette which has haunted my every winter since 1982

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    @ frenchbloke YES

    Also , this.



    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2010
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2010
    I've been listening to an album called Winter Songs a lot lately. Not all the songs are great, but it starts like this.

    Ever since the Thanksgiving before last, when my sister and I drove to my uncle's cabin in a terrible blizzard listening to Fleet Foxes all the while, this song in particular comes to mind when I put on a scarf and get ready to face the weather.

    And, of course, there's this.
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    Sorta a Christmas song. The PTV original is worth a listen as well.

    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2010
    This is how Real Men do christmas:

    (bet they were liquored up for that one)

    And this is how Chipmunks do christmas:

    And this is how pagans do christmas (?)

    Sorry. Haha.