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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: February 15, 2016

15 songs in the key of winter, cold and snow

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

Wow. It’s been cold lately. REALLY cold. I woke up Saturday morning and my phone informed me that it was well below zero. This is the kind of cold that is downright traumatic. It’s the kind of cold that has my pooch Odie doing his business in record time. And it’s the kind of cold that, of course, makes me think about cold, winter and snow related songs.

Reluctantly outside selfie. photo by Aimsel Ponti

Reluctantly outside selfie. photo by Aimsel Ponti

So I rounded some up for your listening pleasure because while it may be too cold to go outside, it’s never too cold to listen to some good tunes. Right?

We’ll start with the obvious one because it’s Annie Lennox’s world…we’re just living in it. Here’s a really great live version of “Cold”

“Winter” by Tori Amos is a song that’s been killing me since 1992. Here’s a live version performed with a orchestra at Royal Albert Hall.

Up next is the title track from the 2011 Kate Bush album “50 Words for Snow”

Any excuse to use a Simon and Garfunkel song works for me. That said, here’s “A Hazy Shade of Winter”

From “Goat’s Head Soup” (1973) I give you “Winter” by The Rolling Stones

It doesn’t get much prettier -or emotional- than this one by Sarah McLachlan. Here’s “Wintersong”

In fact, let’s do a Sarah McLachlan doubleshot. Here’s “Song for a Winter’s Night”

Speaking of incredible Canadian singer-songwriters, here’s “Hockey” by the one and only Jane Siberry. This is a personal favorite of mine because Jane’s songwriting is brilliant.

I see no reason to leave hockey or for that matter Canada because that’s where Kathleen Edwards lives. Here’s “Hockey Skates”

That brings us to “Winter Winds” by Mumford and Sons. I still remember seeing them on Portland’s Eastern prom on a warm summer day.

“Ray of Light” (1998) was the album that made me an official Madonna fan. Here’s “Frozen”

David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” was released in 1970. Here’s “She Shook Me Cold”

“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” is an iconic song recorded by the likes of Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald among others. Here’s a fun version by Doris Day.

A lesser known yet fantastic song by U2. Here’s “Winter”

I’ll end this list with Joni Mitchell. Because. Well. It’s Joni Mitchell. Here’s “Winter Lady”

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