Do you get the blues when it's cold and overcast for days on end? I certainly do, so I was thrilled to find just the fix for it during our recent cold spell. What's your favorite music to listen to when spring seems like winter all over again?
Norah Jones' 2007 album Not Too Late is like a big mug of tea in a cozy coffee shop, only it's magically portable. I just found that album by chance, and now I can't wait to check out her others-- Come Away With Me (2002), Feels Like Home (2004), The Fall (2009), and Featuring (2010). I always knew Norah Jones was cool, but I was pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of styles and interesting sounds that her music incorporates. Jazz, country, lounge, and a myriad of other influences can be picked out like spices in a flavorful soup.
My other fail safe rainy day favorite is Neil Young's Harvest (1972). Instead of the balancing effect of Norah Jones' music, this album might just make you embrace and revel in the somber mood of a rainy day or a lonely road in any season.
Here are some other musicians who might possess the antidote (or the companion) to your cloudy weather doldrums-- They feature by turns airy vocals, acoustic instruments, and a mood simultaneously somber and engaging: