SNOW SONGS for SNOW DAY (& a PI Song for PI Day)

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It’s a Snow Day here in the Northeast.  New York City is basically shut down and everyone is staying inside.  What was projected to be a nasty blizzard for the city has been downgraded to an unpleasant mix of snow, sleet, rain, wind and cold, but other areas in the Northeast are being hit much harder.

So while we wile away the day indoors with hot cocoa and books and Netflix, how about some Snow Songs? (And since this is also 3/14 AKA Pi day, I’ll throw in a bonus Pi song too).

Let’s start with two songs actually called “Snow”, both from movie soundtracks:

Snow – Gustavo Santaolalla – Brokeback Mountain

SnowBBM (1)An idyllic, relaxed take on snow.  Not the snow storm but the cool calm snow blanketed mountain landscape afterwards. And Jake and Heath keeping warm by the fire, and keeping warm under the blankets too…

Gustavo Santaolalla received an Academy Award for his twangy, subtly soaring score for Brokeback Mountain.

Snow – Abel Korzeniowski – A Single Man

single-man-4-1Abel Korzeniowski should have received an Academy Award for his aching string score for A Single Man, but alas he wasn’t even nominated.  This track, Snow, in contrast to Santaolalla’s calm Snow, is agitated and ominous, in keeping with the snow framed nightmare vision of the deadly accident it accompanies.

Quick, let’s move on to a prettier, happier musical take on snow;  snowflakes waltzing, to be specific:

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The Nutcracker – Scene and Waltz of the Snowflakes – Peter Tchaikovsky

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snow50wordsOur final Snow Song will be Kate Bush’s “50 Words for Snow”, in which Kate enlists the services of Stephen Fry to quite literally count down 50 words for snow.  I think my favorite ones are faloop’njoompoola and anklebreaker. “50 Words for Snow” is the title song of an album, more art song cycle than pop concept album (title track notwithstanding), which is all about snow, including the boy soprano thoughts of a snowflake as it drifts down to earth, and a woman’s love affair with a snowman (an actual snowy snowman as you can tell from the album cover art; not Yeti, although there is a song about him too).

50 Words for Snow – Kate Bush

Finally, let’s also celebrate Pi Day today.  Because it is 3/14, which corresponds to the first three digits of the number Pi.  In fact, in ’15 people commemorated Pi Second too, at 9:26:53 a.m. and also at 9:26:53 p.m.  Today, leaving out the year digits, we can celebrate Pi Second at 1:59:26 a.m. and at 1:59:26 p.m.

PiAnd so, because we just heard Kate Bush do a countdown of snow words, it makes sense, for Pi Day, to hear her go through many many digits of Pi on her classic song Pi.  I don’t want to create a wrong impression about Kate Bush to the uninitiated.  Yes, she does sometimes make left field songwriting decisions, but she does usually write conventionally literate lyrics.  😉

Pi – Kate Bush

3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862

08998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128481

117450284102701938521105559644622948954930381964428810975665933446128475648233

78678316527120190914564856692346034861045432664821339360726024914127372458700

660631558817488152092096282925409171536436789259036001133053054882046652138414

69519415116094330572703657595919530921861173819326117931051185480744623799627495

673518857527248912279381830119491298336733624406566430860213949463952247371907

021798609437027705392171762931767523846748184676694051320005….

(I could go on, like until there are as many digits as snowflakes whirling out my window right now, but I think you get the idea…)

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About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 30 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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