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I always find myself craving a certain kind of music in January: one that evokes firelight and starlight, crisp blue twilights, soft snow. I’m always a little sad to let go of Christmas music and I’m not ready for anything revved-up or summer-carefree. So here are a few albums and songs I’m playing over and over, to ease me into this year that is both about comfort and bravery.

1. Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong is technically a Christmas album, but includes several “winter songs,” and oh, they are gorgeous. And so is her voice. I adore her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “River” and her soft version of “In the Bleak Midwinter.”

2. Oren Lavie’s “Her Morning Elegance” seems like the perfect song to start a new year – inspiring, elusive and fun. (The rest of the CD tends to make me sad, though…so melancholy.)

3. Grace Pettis’ self-titled album is a favorite all year long, but these days I’m reaching for the quiet, meditative songs – “Turning Too,” “Speak Tenderly,” “Long Sleep.”

4. I love Nichole Nordeman all year long, but I especially love “Every Season” in the dead of winter. It celebrates each season and gives me hope for spring.

5. The Pride and Prejudice (2005) soundtrack is perfect for quiet afternoons at home, working or tidying or writing or just being.

6. Dave Madden‘s songs make me want to be a better person. (I’ve always been a sucker for guitar players with rough-edged voices and dark, soulful eyes.) Favorites include “Dirty Feet,” “The New New Testament” and “This is Love.”

What are you listening to lately?

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Her Morning Elegance

I have been loving this video for weeks. (I can’t figure out how to get it to embed properly – but go watch it. It’s gorgeous.) I want to be this woman and sleep in that lovely soft bed, with sheets of dove-grey that actually hug me, and light making patterns on the floor. And then I want to go for rides on a tandem bike and let a cello play with my hair, and wear a red scarf.

I love the line “and she fights for her life as she puts on her coat” – because I think we all do a bit of fighting for our lives, every single day. We fight, not necessarily for our physical lives (though some people do), but to remember to be the kind of people we are called to be. We fight for safety, and for the ability to take risks, and for emotional honesty, and for joy and compassion and all the things that make life worth living. We fight against indifference. We fight to live every day on purpose.

Now, go snuggle up with a little fish-sock (and if you haven’t watched the video yet, go and do that. You’ll know what I’m talking about).

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