leisure 02.7.05


The turntables are spinning again at WMUG, at least in our own ears. As we do seasonally, we've put together a playlist of tunes that we think make a fitting soundtrack for a winter stroll — this one has been created with a walk under The Flags in mind. There's a little bit of everything here: the endlessly endearing Leroy Anderson, all poppy trumpets and swirling strings (played by the Boston Pops), the eternally cool Mavis Staples, two short pieces from D.D. Jackson's Suite for New York, even a 'wrap' song in honor of Christo and Jeanne-Claude (sorry, pun remorse).

[Each of these tunes is available for 99¢ on iTunes, where you can also hear a 30-second sample. We use the genre descriptions that iTunes uses, though they're occasionally arguable. If you don't already have iTunes installed on your computer, it's a free download here.]

Song: First Invocation
Artist: D.D. Jackson
Genre: Jazz

Song: Bugler's Holiday
Artist: Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Orchestra
Genre: Classical

Song: Everybody Come Down
Artist: The Delgados
Genre: Alternative

Song: Leonids
Artist: Meg Hutchinson
Genre: Folk

Song: Love for Granted
Artist: Phoenix
Genre: Electronic

Song: That Ole Devil Called Love
Artist: Alison Moyet
Genre: Rock

Song: We Will Become Silhouettes
Artist: The Postal Service
Genre: Electronic

Song: Scattered Black and Whites
Artist: Elbow
Genre: Pop

Song: Handy Wrap
Artist: Earl King
Genre: Blues

Song: You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Artist: Madeleine Peyroux
Genre: Jazz

Song: Love Me 'Till Sunday
Artist: Nicola Conte
Genre: Electronic

Song: I'll Take You There
Artist: BeBe & CeCe Winans with Mavis Staples
Genre: Inspirational

Song: Skylark
Artist: k.d. lang
Genre: Soundtrack

Song: Second Invocation
Artist: D.D. Jackson
Genre: Jazz
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