Press Play: “In The Bleak Midwinter” by Harold Darke

In terms of winter bleakness, few places can match the Russian village of Oymyakon. If you check their current weather by clicking here, chances are it’s a fair bit bleaker than the weather is wherever you are. As well as holding the record for the coldest permanently inhabited place in the world, it is also known for…well, nothing. As far as I can tell, the village’s 500 inhabitants have two pastimes: trying not to die, and seeing how fast it takes boiling water to freeze when you throw it outside.

That thought, and this classic carol, might help warm you up if you’re feeling a bit bleak today.

Key moment: The high G on “heart” at 4:05.

That makes me think of: One of my favourite winter songs- “Skating” by Vince Guaraldi.

Andrew Moore is our blogger-in-residence, and author of the music blog Beautiful Song of the Week.”

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