MMMM: Winter Music

Image by Ingo Jakubke from Pixabay

Cathy, one of our regular conductors, is this month’s conductor, and her theme for today is "Winter theme songs or band names relating to arctic animals, snow/snowmen, hibernation." Here are my ten…

  1. Carole King, "Snow Queen": Carole wrote this while a member of a group called The City, which included Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar on guitar and Charles Larkey (her future husband) on bass. It appeared on their lone album, 1968’s Now That Everything’s Been Said. Several years later, Blood Sweat & Tears did a medley of this song and Herbie Hancock’s "Maiden Voyage." I like Carole’s vocal better.

  2. Blood Sweat & Tears, "Sometimes In Winter": Speaking of BS&T, here’s a lovely number from their eponymous second album. Founding member Steve Katz has the vocal here.

  3. Edgar Winter Group, "Frankenstein": I believe this video is from the days when Ronnie Montrose was playing lead guitar. The interview features Rick Derringer, who produced the album They Only Come Out At Night and later replaced Montrose in the group.

  4. Phoebe Snow, "Poetry Man": Queen Latifah covered this, and did a great job of it. Her name didn’t fit the theme, and besides, I like Phoebe’s original better.

  5. Leon Redbone & Dr. John, "Frosty The Snowman": A lot of people think of this as a Christmas song, but it’s good for anytime during the winter, or anytime during the year. This would have been great had either Leon or Dr. John had done it alone, but both of them? Magic…

  6. The Bangles, "Hazy Shade of Winter": A cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s song from the ’60’s. I definitely like The Bangles’ version better.

  7. Chicago, "Song Of The Evergreens": From Chicago VII, sung by trumpeter Lee Loughnane. This was the first vocal he did on an album. Also on this album, the first song he wrote, "Call On Me."

  8. Paul Revere & The Raiders, "Rain, Sleet, Snow": I never realized that Paul Revere & The Raiders did a Christmas album, 1967’s A Christmas Present… And Past. This was on that.

  9. August Burns Red, "Flurries": I never heard of these guys until I heard this song, and I’d say it wins my approval. August Burns Red is a metalcore band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

  10. Hank Snow, "Wabash Cannonball": A classic folk song with more than a few changes inserted by Hank Snow.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 10, 2022.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by Marie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

11 thoughts on “MMMM: Winter Music

  1. What a playlist. You’ve outdone yourself and that isn’t easy. Where do I start? Carole King – l hereby love that song. The BS&T song I haven’t heard in forever (it’s on the Greatest HIts vinyl record I owned forever ago.)That version of Frankenstein. And most of all, Paul Revere and the Raiders. A pleasant surprise!

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    1. That’s not one of Carole’s better known songs. I only knew it because BS&T did it.

      Steve Katz still has a great voice and always did, all through the Blues Project days (he was a great harmonica player then, too) and the BS&T days.

      Glad you liked the set!

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  2. John,

    Most of your playlist is new to me which is fabulous because I’m always eager to listen to something new but you did have a few I know and one particular oldie made me smile, “Wabash Cannonball”. I like how you used the winter theme with your artist selections – good job! You and Alana went with the Winters’ brothers. I thought about doing the same but didn’t. Thanks for sharing and hitting the 4M dance floor this week, my friend. Have a boogietastic day!

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