It may be the shortest month of the year, but February can feel brutally
long for anyone who’s sick of winter. As we look forward to spring, we
want to know what you’ve been listening to to get you through the long
Here are some of ours:
Heidi: Kylie Minogue’s Fever. “That whole freaking album. It’s like 2001 all over again.”
Sam (producer extraordinaire): “Anything from John Hartford’s Aereo-Plain. What a lineup: Vassar Clements on fiddle, Norman Blake on guitar and mandolin, Tut Taylor on dobro and Randy Scruggs on bass. It feels like an American folk version of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. The album was a hard find for a long time, but it’s recently been rereleased on a double CD, paired with another great Hartford album: Morning Bugle. All this stuff will warm you up on a winter night. Heck, it’ll do you good on a summer one, too. It’s like lemondae and hot cocoa mixed together. OK, yuck. Maybe not.
John Myers (Associate Producer extraordinaire): I’ve been listening to Blossom Dearie’s version of “Surrey With the Fringe on Top” a lot this winter. I first heard the song as a kid when my parents took me to see “Oklahoma!” but recently discovered Dearie’s version when Bob Perkins played it on WRTI one evening. I love Dearie’s delivery and the images conjured up by the lyrics. I found the YouTube clip of her performing the song live as a trio. The audio isn’t the greatest but you get the idea.
John Sheehan (Associate Producer extraordinaire and man of few, but meaningful, words): Superchunk’s “This Summer.” “By the end of it you;ll be planning a road trip for the first nice day in March.”
Nell: I’m doing an album, too, because I’ve got it on repeat and can’t stop. It’s Ben Sollee’s Learning to Bend from 2008. It’s always difficult to say why this and why now, but I think in this case it has something to do with the mix of songs and how one will let me embrace the season in a gloomy way and then the next will tell me to “snap out of it: spring’s comin’.”
What’s working for you this winter?