I Got Them Frigid Wintertime Blues

A brandy and soda, some good tunes — what could be finer to while away a cold winter’s night?

A well-known 1970s lament, this song used the season of winter as a metaphor for those things troubling America at the time. Whatever his intent, it’s a damn fine song:

1. Gil Scott Heron – “Winter in America”

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Their song was performed at the 2010 national Christmas lighting, the two singing while backed by the U.S. Coast Guard Band:

2. Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson – “Winter Song”

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“The road is dangerous / Pretty and white / Tires spinning on snow / World spinning heavy and slow / And I’m headed home / Time itself means nothing / But time …”:

3. Bill Callahan – “Winter Road”

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An interesting take on the famous song:

4. Jason Mraz – “Winter Wonderland”

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From the album, “Auberge”:

5. Chris Rea – “Winter Song”