Cool Yule.

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If I want some smooth Yule-time tunes — the sort of background music that goes well with an easy chair, beverage of choice and a good book on a cold winter night…or perhaps some keyboard time over a manuscript when the icy winds are audibly howling outside the writing cave’s windows — then Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, She & Him and Sarah McLachlan all have terrific Christmas albums that are suitably seasonal but can be unobtrusive when dialed down low. My fave of that bunch of contemporary softies, though, is Diana Krall’s Christmas Songs from 2005.

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On the other hand, if you’re not cozying up beneath a blanket or working your brain in front of a computer screen, but instead, decking the halls for a seasonal soiree, then I recommend the Christmas Cocktails series. I’ve got them all, though I still favor the first album, which was also the first one I happened to buy. Sure, there are a few silly novelty style numbers on those disks, but overall, they make for ideal Christmas party background music.

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There are no wild bacchanals on my agenda at the moment, only some restful writing desk time. And the wind is literally howling right outside my windows. So, Diana Krall it is…

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Listening To: Diana Krall

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All last week the grass was greening, the trees were budding. Later this week we should be in the 70’s. Spring’s here. But Mother Nature wanted to thumb her nose at us one last time on Sunday, lobbing a snowstorm into the upper Midwest with gusty winds and half a foot of the wet heavy stuff that blew from mid-morning till I turned in around 1:00 AM. So other than picking up some groceries really early (with an in-car coffee break with the New York Times) when it was still only cold, rainy and windy, it was definitely a stay-in kind of day. A good day to stay huddled behind the computer and marvel at the icy ugliness churning around out the window.

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The soundtrack for all that blizzardy bluster: Diana Krall, though not in order, just however they all ended up on the turntable and in the CD player. Suitable sounds for pounding the keyboard on a scene set in a 1959 cocktail lounge for the re-activated follow-up to The Stiletto Gumshoe.

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