Music for a snow day

It’s steadily snowing outside. I am happily indoors. There’s not much that must be done, so I am enjoying a hot cup of coffee and this sweet time I’ve been gifted to listen to some of the favorite music of my past, albums that I’ve long adored but haven’t indulged in for a long, long time.

Here’s what’s playing at my house today, in no particular order:

“Graceland” by Paul Simon
How much do I love this album? I discovered that in addition to a digital version on all my devices, I own a vinyl album, a cassette, and three CDs of “Graceland”: one for my house, one for my car, and one for the player in my old office.

The album came out the year I was married, so it holds all sorts of happy memories for me.

My favorite songs on the album are “You Can Call Me Al,” “The Myth of Fingerprints” and “Homeless.”

“The Nightfly” by Donald Fagan
This album is sunshine for my ears. If you need your mood lifted, “The Nightfly” — the first solo outing for Donald Fagan, half of the legendary (and much beloved by me) Steely Dan — will do the trick.

“The Goodbye Look,” and “Walk Between the Raindrops” are among my favorites on this album.

“Eli and the Thirteenth Confession” by Laura Nyro
As a young girl, I was obsessed with Laura Nyro, consuming everything I could read about her. I admired her writing style and the tightness of her lyrics. It is also perhaps from her that I acquired my love of wearing mostly black. I listened to this album over and over and over again that it became part of my soul. How very wonderful was it to be so young, so cool, and so talented? My favorites: “Stoned Soul Picnic” and the title track.

“Todd” by Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren reminds me of a boy I loved in high school. That’s not why I adore this album, though; sure, it reminds me of being young and innocent, but this album includes several songs I hold near and dear including “The Last Ride,” and “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference.”

Here’s hoping you’re getting to listen to some of your favorite stuff this snowy Saturday afternoon. You can add your picks in the comments below.


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Journalist Maria Stuart worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as a reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. These days, she runs The Livingston Post.