Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Doors – "Wintertime Love" (1968)

Wintertime winds blow cold this season
Falling in love, I'm hoping to be
Wind is so cold, is that the reason?

I don't like the cold – I never have.  

And my dislike of the cold is getting stronger.  Each year, I find it harder and harder to get through the winter.  I'm hitting the thermostat harder this winter than I did last winter, and wearing more layers of clothing whether I'm inside or outside.

At this rate, I'm going to have to move to Florida or Arizona or maybe Qatar within the next five years.  Otherwise I'll either be driven into bankruptcy by my natural gas bills, or find myself so weighed down by wool, fleece, and down garments that I'll need help getting up from my chair.  

(Or both.)

Today's featured song is from the Doors' third studio album, Waiting for the Sun, which was released in 1968:

My high-school favorites were usually bands with a little more oomph than the Doors – like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

But I had a soft spot for the Doors.  I almost wore out my copies of Waiting for the Sun and their next album, The Soft Parade.

I loved songs like "Spanish Caravan" and "Yes, the River Knows" and "Wishful Sinful," which oozed cheap romanticism.  Jim Morrison could shovel poetic sh*t with the best of 'em, and I ate up his lyrics and Ray Manzarek's keyboard noodling with a spoon.

"Wintertime Love" is a peppy little waltz tune – not exactly what you'd expect a cold-weather dirge to sound like.  "Summer's Almost Gone," which is the song that precedes it on Waiting for the Sun, is slow and melancholy as all get out, but "Wintertime Love" makes you want to get up and shake a tail feather . . . until you listen to the words.

"Wintertime Love" is less than two minutes long, with only two verses and a chorus.  But it manages to incorporate the words "winter" and "wintertime" eight times, uses "cold" five times, and also works in "winds," "storm," and "blue and freezing."  (Mr. Mojo Risin' wasn't exactly subtle.)

Here's "Wintertime Love."  Try not to freeze your *ss off before the next 2 or 3 lines is posted.  And I'll try not to slide into a big Doors wallow for the next couple of weeks.

(That was a pretty random video, n'est-ce pas?  Do you see the comment on that video from "Natalie Wood," which asks "What is with the cows on the road?"  Go to 0:52 of the video and you'll see what "Natalie" – who I'm guessing is a city gal – is talking about.)

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