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Bending the knee, again.

Your Humble Blogger meant to post this list of Music Listened To Whilst Shoveling Snow During the Ridiculous Snowstorm last week. Alas, I failed to do so before the next snow storm hit. A snow storm, I admit, much less ridiculous, but still requiring the use of the shovel. So this list now contains music listened to whilst shoveling snow during the ridiculous snowstorm last week, as well as some more music listened to whilst shoveling snow during the much less ridiculous snowstorm today.

  • Andrews Sisters: Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Means That You’re Grand)
  • Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem: Butter & Egg Man
  • Bagels & Fraylox Klezmer Band: Ot Azoy
  • The Bangles: Walk Like An Egyptian
  • Tony Bennett: I Wish I Were In Love Again
  • The Bobbettes: Mr. Lee
  • Bodeans: Misery
  • Kate Bush: There Goes A Tenner
  • David Byrne: A Walk In The Dark
  • Cab Calloway: Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
  • Tracy Chapman: Give Me One Reason
  • Rosemary Clooney: Get Me To The Church On Time
  • Roy Orbison: Oh, Pretty Woman
  • Nat King Cole: On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  • Elvis Costello: Bama Lama Bama Loo; Crawling To The U.S.A.; High Fidelity; I Felt The Chill Before The Winter Came; Pads, Paws And Claws; Watching The Detectives
  • Devo: Mr. B’s Ballroom; Working In The Coal Mine
  • Dropkick Murphys: (F)lannigan’s Ball
  • Bob Dylan: Dirt Road Blues; Highway 51; Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again; Subterranean Homesick Blues
  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra: East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  • Eurythmics: Adrian; Love Is A Stranger
  • Giora Feidman: Coachman’s Boots Dance
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive; Blue Skies; How’s Chances; I Wish I Were In Love Again; Isn’t It Romantic?; The Song Is Ended; You Took Advantage Of Me
  • Harlem Hot Shots: Who’s Sorry Now?
  • Billie Holiday: Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man; Night And Day
  • Jools Holland: Dr.Jazz; Ghost At My Door; Wang Dang Doodle
  • Buddy Holly: Peggy Sue
  • Jabbering Trout: Pregnancy Tester; Summer
  • Joe Jackson: Jumpin’ Jive
  • Etta James: Miss Pitiful
  • Jim’s Big Ego: ||:This Message:||
  • The Jody Grind: Love, Love Alone
  • B.B. King: Help The Poor; Somebody Done Changed The Lock On My Door
  • The Klezmatics: Come When I Call You
  • The Klezmer Conservatory Band: Abi Gezunt
  • Peggy Lee: Keep Me In Mind
  • Bobbie Leegan’s Need-More Band: Wash-Board Cut Out
  • Taj Mahal: Never Let You Go; Rain From The Sky
  • Martha and the Vandellas: Dancing In The Street
  • Shane MacGowan & the Popes: Nancy Whiskey
  • Carmen McRae: Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Natalie Merchant: I Saw A Ship A-Sailing; It Makes A Change; The Janitor’s Boy; The Peppery Man
  • Milladoiro: A Farruquina
  • Mills Brothers: Flat Foot Floogie
  • Van Morrison: Gloria
  • Willie Nelson: Laying My Burdens Down
  • The Pogues: The Wild Rover
  • Elvis Presley: Ready Teddy; Return To Sender
  • Ramones: Cretin Hop
  • Scruffy the Cat: My Baby She’s Allright
  • The Brian Setzer Orchestra: The Dirty Boogie
  • Artie Shaw: All The Things You Are; They Say
  • Charles Sheffield: It’s Your Voo Doo Working
  • Bobby Short: How’s Your Romance?
  • Bruce Springsteen: Erie Canal; Froggie Went A Courtin’
  • Squeeze: Tempted
  • Sweet Honey In The Rock: More Than a Paycheck
  • Talking Heads: Blind
  • Dave Tarras and Sam Musiker: Der Cholum Fun Yid; Der Yemenite Tanz; Silkene Pajamas
  • Mel Torme: Too Darn Hot
  • Sarah Vaughan: Goodnight My Love
  • Veretski Pass: Araynfir; Libus Nign; Solyom Pal; Vinnitser Sher
  • The Who: My Generation
  • Cootie Williams: Caravan
  • XTC: Omnibus; Respectable Street

As usual, the sides were more or less randomly chosen from a subset of my 15,000 tracks; priority is given to stuff I haven’t heard a lot, or haven’t heard recently, or have marked that I don’t mind hearing frequently. There was a little weeding for snow-shoveling appropriateness, but not a lot, as witness a fair number of slow slongs. There was too much Ella Fitzgerald in the mix; I recently acquired most of the Songbooks, so there are a bunch of sides that are still listed as not haven’t been played very often, and that’s a lot of tracks. There was quite a bit of Klezmer and associated music, particularly the Veretski Pass and Dave Tarras tracks; if I had hand-picked music for snow shoveling, I probably would have cut that way down. Not that it’s bad music for hard work, but two or three of those together make for a long time without vocals, and I like to sing as I shovel. There was not too much of Natalie Merchant; her new poetry/children album is really, really good and I haven’t listened to it anywhere near enough yet.

Well. I have to go and salt the sidewalk now.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,
-Vardibidian.