Longest Night, Shortest Day: Five Songs to Revive You this Winter. ~ Nicole Maniez

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on Dec 21, 2011
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Winter solstice is upon us.

Our longest night gives way to ever increasing daylight. There is hope in knowing this. But the reality remains; I live in the Northeast and winter lasts until late April.

So here I go, making the playlist that will revive me when I fall into deep, frigid despair.

Music is the Alchemy: Part One

1. Brett Dennen/ Blessed



You are on clear, blue water. You are not covered in heavy layers of thick clothing. You are feeling your strong body, free from constraint. The sunlight caresses you.

2. Otis Redding/ The Happy Song (Dun-Dum)


Groove to this one. If you start to feel low, know Mr.Redding is telling you to snap out of it, dum-dum.

3. Violent Femmes/ Kiss Off


You need a little release. You’ve been with the relatives for days now. Grab your ipod, your headphones, and take a walk around the block. Sing loudly.

4. Florence and the Machine/ Shake It Out


This lady is a bad ass. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.”

Sing scream this whole album. Know you are also a badass.

 5. Irene Solea/ Devaki


Slow and full and love. Sing along and feel the deep grace embrace you.

“Ain’t no stopping us now when there is love on our side”.


Nicole Maniez is an acupuncturist, herbalist, yoga teacher and childbirth educator in the Boston area.  She is lucky to get to combine multiple loves into one sweet career, doing what she loves and helping people move closer to health and wholeness.  She is also a momma, an art maker, and an out-of-tune music maker.  Hoping that she will never lose the ability to laugh at her follies (and yours), she cultivates her curiosity in an attempt to keep life entertaining.  She loves mail.  Send her something inspiring –www.nicolemaniez.com.



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7 Responses to “Longest Night, Shortest Day: Five Songs to Revive You this Winter. ~ Nicole Maniez”

  1. What are the songs that bring you out of your winter freeze?

  2. http://youtu.be/lW4QyWZRrhk

    the first songs goes best when viewed with this video link…!

  3. elcarg says:

    Good songs, but this is my Solstice 2011 song.

    The Rapture — How Deep Is Your Love

  4. awesome! thanks for sharing. music is total alchemy.

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