Nov 25, 2010
Life's Soundtrack ~ I Love Winter
Greetings i.studio family!
Bee here, and I have the honour and pleasure of filling in for the wonderful and fabulous Jamie this week while she is eating turkey and spending time with family over this thanksgiving weekend. I must start by saying just how much I love Jamie’s posts and how thankful I am for her. Every Thursday, I eagerly anticipate both the new topic and the mix from the past week. I always wonder – how does she come up with these GREAT ideas? I now know, it’s not easy. But today, an idea finally came to me…
Where I live, winter has arrived in all its glory. Today’s temperature is a balmy minus 22 degrees Celsius (-7.6 Fahrenheit to those of you in the U.S.). The sun is setting these days at 4:24pm. It’s dark when I go to work, and dark when I come home.
I will come around, as I do every year, to embrace the winter. I will love the simple beauty of snuggling under a blanket with all the candles lit and watching movies or reading books (or watching the fireplace TV channel – does anyone else find that strangely addicting and calming?) I will feel the excitement in getting bundled up to go out and do some skiing, tobogganing, or a long winter’s walk. I will laugh with joy as I make snow angels. I will admire the absolute breathtaking beauty of the beautiful hoarfrost that will settle on the trees. I will wrap my hands around my cup of coffee or tea and feel the warmth of those happy molecules work their magic as I take my first sip.
But I have to be honest and tell you… at this moment… I’m ready to jump on the first flight to anywhere with beaches, sunshine, and sea turtles! So… I need your help. Let’s make an I love Winter mix so that I can start to really embrace the season. I’ll get us started with a few of my favourite wintery songs.
Lorenna McKennit ~ Snow
Julie Doiron ~ Snow Falls in November
Hawksley Workman ~ It’s the first snow of the year
Sigur Ros ~ Olsen Olsen (this band, one of my all-time favourites, is from Iceland. I hear their music, and I close my eyes and think of those peaceful, calm winter nights where the snow is falling ever so softly)
Sarah McLachlan – Song for a Winter’s Night
Josh Ritter – Snow is Gone (in those moments where I need a reminder that the cold won’t last forever!)
Now… loving winter can be hard with all the hustle and bustle preparing for this season's holidays. That’s why Jamie’s topic from last week was bang on… we need a mix to put on to just breathe, relax, and to chill out during this busy time. So take a moment to check out the wonderful songs that Jamie and the rest of you put together. Close your eyes and feel that calm wash over you…
Jamie will be back again next week to bring you the results of the I love Winter mix and the new topic for the following week. In the meantime, make sure you share your favourite winter songs in the comments and I hope that the chill out mix gives you a little bit of space this week to take a breather!