I’m not a Kate Bush fan, but the buzz around her latest album, 50 Words for Snow, got me curious. So I had to give it a listen. I’m still not a Kate Bush fan, but the title track, delivered by the inimitable Jeeves, I mean Stephen Fry, was as delightful as everything else Fry is involved in. Together with the fact that all of the mountains are now open for ski season, 50 Words for Snow made me think about other wintry works of art.
- Smilla’s Sense of Snow – duh
- Snow Patrol – even better, their first album was called
- “Songs for Polar Bears“
- Sonata Arctica – Finnish melodic metal band (All the good metal bands are from Finland these days. Maybe it has something to do with all the snow.)
- Lovers of the Arctic Circle – I watched the movie Sex and Lucia years ago and loved it so much I wanted to see everything by Julio Medem, but I could never find this one. (Which means Netflix doesn’t have it and I always forget to look for it at Scarecrow, which probably does because they have everything.
- Sigur Ros – a bit of a cheat, because there’s nothing snowy in the name, but everything Jonsi does sounds like ice crystals
- Hank Snow – classic country
- Arctic Monkeys
- Frosty the Snowman – well, it’s not really a work of art, but it’s so close to Christmas…
- The Falcon and the Snowman – just to balance out the last one
Well, it’s a start, but I’m still pretty far short of fifty works for snow. Maybe you can help me out and add to the list in the comments.