New Yorkers can be such wusses. They act like there has never been snow like this and get pissed off with the mayor because the streets are not clean. I think they should spend a Winter in Albany. They also freak out when they finally have to move three feet of snow off their car – after three freaking weeks! Granted, I have seen some cars that will possibly be in the same spot until June. I don’t even know where the cops will stick the ticket on several cars.
In honor of winter and staying inside, I have put together my ten favorite winter songs and a couple of alternates. Let me know if you agree.
10. "Cold Cold Cold" – Little Feat
One of only two songs on my list not from someone who grew up in warm climates. This is a really great winter song even if you don’t know if Lowell was talking about a cold needle or bottle.
9. "Wintertime" – Steve Miller Band
Love him ring or hate him, Steve Miller is a part of our lives. This song sums up his privileged upbringing in the midwest. Possibly written after he went outside without his mittens.
8. "Valentine’s Day" – Steve Earle
Who amongst us has forgotten or could not afford to send a Valentine? Who can remember what it was like to get the smallest number of cards in a third grade class? I think Steve can answer all these questions with the perfect song…
7. "Journey Through the Past" – Neil Young
A great winter song from a great winter album that almost no one heard.
6. "Temporary Road" – John Gorka
Haven’t we all taken chances when we were kids that could have cost us our lives or our parent a lot of dough? This song is for adults who still take those chances.
5. "The Coldest Night of the Year" – Bruce Cockburn
For the designated driver in all of us…’nuff said.
4. "10 Degrees and Getting Colder" – Gordon Lightfoot
If this man cannot make you feel warm or cold with just a turn of a phrase, no one can
3. "5 Degrees Below Zero" – Richmond Fontaine
This is for everyone who has ever taken a bus to anywhere
2. "Bruised Orange" – John Prine
I think John Prine was about 30 when he wrote this song. How does someone write a line like “My head shouted down to my heart you better look out below ?
1."'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel" – Cowboy Junkies
This song is so filled with so many great lines I couldn’t choose just one. Okay, maybe “your body for my soul ‘cause cheap is what I feel.” Now that's cold.