Mixtape | Winter

Mixtape: A homemade music compilation that contains all of your favourite tracks. Often you give such a compilation to the guy or gal of your fancy in hopes that it will help you win their heart. (Urban Dictionary).

Or it could simply be the generic name given to any compilation of songs recorded onto any audio format. (Wikipedia)


Unlike both summer and autumn, there will be no ode to the joys of winter. I don’t like winter. It’s long, dark, and so very, very cold. And I don’t want to talk about the snow. If there must be an upside, I like to wear hats and I do like the holidays – assuming I’m not out shopping. I love Christmas trees, pretty lights, and the days off.  I don’t like to wish away time, but here’s to next May and the end of another snow season.

1. Boz Scaggs & Duane Allman – Loan Me a Dime
2. Timber Timbre – Black Water
. Matt Pond PA – Remains
4. Lynyrd Skynryd – Simple Man
5. The Deep Dark Woods – The Place I Left Behind
6. Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
7. Massive Attack – Teardrop
8. Heartless Bastards – Down in the Canyon
9. Lucinda Williams – Righteously
10. The Avett Brothers – Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise
11. Van Morrison – And It Stoned Me
12. Jake Bugg – Seen It All
13. Regina Spektor – Samson
4. Metallica – Unforgiven II
15. Ray Lamontagne – Three More Days

Bonus: Sunny and 75 by Joe Nichols (I’m not a huge country fan, but…)

So is anyone particularly fond of winter? Anyone else a seasonal music listener?

28 thoughts on “Mixtape | Winter

  1. Totally love winter. I am a person who loves to curl up under piles of blankets wearing multiple layers of socks.
    I do not really have a soundtrack for winter, though I do enjoy all those Christmas songs and top 500 of 5 centuries ago lists.


    1. You love winter? Umm…

      I have nothing to say to that. I will say I don’t hate it right now, but come February I do. I do love summer and autumn though, which is probably why I wish winter was shorter.


    1. Me too. I enjoy it for about a month, but still, there is nothing worse than waking up to the sound of a plow going down the street or my neighbors using their ice scrapers.


    1. That’s what I use, I love it, though I’ve heretofore been to cheap to pay for premium. I’m seriously considering it now so I can have it on my phone.


  2. I’m a big fan of scarves. I love the lights as well and have been trying to convince my fiancé for years that leaving them up in our room is perfectly acceptable! The cold is dreadful though. It was 0 on my way to work this morning. I’m still sitting at my desk with my coat on.
    Massive Attack – Teardrop is a favorite of mine. And Ray Lamontagne in general. And Metallica of course. ❤


    1. I do love scarves, I forgot about those. And there is something so pretty about light. My tree is up in my living room and I was watching Jane Eyre last night (the George C. Scott one, which is passable) – it pretty much describes a perfectly relaxing evening.

      On my way into work this morning it was 25 and I was so excited, it’s the warmest it’s been in well over a week. And then I think…I’m excited about 25?

      I love early 90s Metallica. I like some of their stuff before and after, but ‘Metallica’ is just perfect.


  3. I used to hate winter, but family got me skiing, so I at least look forward to that. Otherwise-yuck. We got our first snow-followed by lots of ice-last night.
    I always associated Van Morrison with the beach, but it is good anytime!
    Food- soup, chili, stews, and sheperd’s pie.


    1. I do like winter foods, especially soup and chili. And I do ski, because it’s just what you do in Colorado (it seems), but I could take or leave it. We got out first snow in the beginning of October and we’ll likely get our last one sometime in May.

      And you’re right, now that I think about it, I do associate Van Morrison more with summer than winter. These mixtapes are typically made up of what I’ve been listening to lately, I don’t know how ‘And It Stoned Me’ ended up there, but I agree – good anytime.


  4. I absolute love winter and you’ll never hear me complain of the cold (because I remember what summer was like). I do live in California so I suppose it’s relative. I would love to “try” living in a colder climate to see if I could actually withstand it. We’ve had quite the drop in temperature the past week and I couldn’t be happier.

    Great mixtape. I’ve chosen Simple Man as the mother/son dance at my son’s (someday future) wedding.


    1. I like winter for about a week, though I do think I’d like winter in coastal California. In Colorado, there’s just too much snow and ice. I used to live in Maine, so Colorado is better than that, but not by much.

      What an excellent choice for a mother/son dance. Admittedly, I haven’t gotten that far in my thinking yet. Someday, maybe…


  5. I live in SE California, so our winter is generally in the mid 60s, with lows in the 30s. Occasional days colder, sometimes we dip into the upper 70s at Christmas. That being said, I don’t have much to complain about, except today the wind was so bad I literally couldn’t open my classroom door.

    And I love your mix.


    1. Thanks.

      California’s not sounding so bad… I like having for seasons (three really, because spring is nonexistent here), but if winter would come with rain instead of snow I would be very pleased. And yuck, wind is constantly an issue here, so I feel your pain.


  6. Great mix! There are a few on your list I haven’t heard of—I’ll have to check them out. I really do love winter! I love wearing coats and hats and scarves, the snow, the football games, and the time off for hanging with family. Not a huge fan of Christmas, though… the outrageous consumerism doesn’t sit right with me much, and that music can drive a person INSANE by the time Christmas day finally rolls around.


    1. For Christmas, my family does a “want, need, wear, read” gift exchange. It cuts down on the amount of stuff and makes the holiday all around less stressful.

      I like winter, assuming I don’t have to be out in it, which I do. I might rather pull off a fingernail than drive into work on an icy day.

      I wholeheartedly agree about the music.


      1. Totally agree icy conditions are no fun to drive in. And the cold is only acceptable when there’s snow—can’t say I like just gray, cold, windy days very much without any snow.

        Our family has been doing name exchanges, which has diminished shopping considerably. It’s great! You end up with only 2–3 gifts to buy, tops 🙂


    1. A man for all seasons, I like that. He is number one on my music list to see live. It was previously Bob Dylan, but I did that this past summer. I like bluegrass a lot, but I typically associate it with June…I have no idea why (though I listen to it year round).


  7. I… feel like a loser for not knowing any of these songs!

    Winter SUCKS. It’s kicking my ass this year. But I do enjoy tall boots and scarves. And in the winter, I like to watch or listen to Sweeney Todd… I don’t know why, but for some reason it’s holiday-ish to me. Maybe that’s the time of year I saw it for the first time, Idk.

    Come oonnnnn, May! I’m done with this winter crap. (I should really move…)


    1. I was talking to someone in Australia and she couldn’t believe that it wouldn’t be warm again until May. But yes, I am SO ready for May to get here (winter came early to Colorado this year and I’ve had enough already).

      I prefer to watch scary movies in the winter. I don’t know why, perhaps in my mind being wrapped in a blanket is the equivalent to horror-movie kryptonite. And I have never seen Sweeney Todd. So you listen to Leonard Cohen and I’ll watch Sweeney Todd – it’ll all work out…


    1. Colorado has plenty of sun, but too much cold and nowhere near enough water, of course. I miss the beach! How much longer until you’re back in Florida?


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