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When the Ice Worms Nest Again 

Old-school C&W goodness with Wilf Carter. Back in the day, newbies to the frozen north would be hazed by presenting them with an "ice worm cocktail" and given some elaborate tale about how the worms thrived in the heart of the coldest glaciers. They would then have to prove their bravery by swallowing this thing along with their gin. Actually, it was a bit of spaghetti with ink dots for eyes. But of late, scientists have discovered a species of worm that actually does live in glaciers. No shit. 

Children's storyteller Robert Munsch tells a tale for kids of all ages. 

Gordon Lightfoot - what else can I say? 

The Crash Test Dummies did a lot more than "Mmm-Mmm-Mmm". Try them. 

Sufjan Stevens. Never heard of this dude before. Interesting style, though. 

By Enya. You know what to expect. 

Robert Service's poem, recited by Johnny Cash. 

Another oldie but goodie by Robert Service, recited by Jim Reeves

A 70's hit by Micheal Martin Murphy. Winter does figure in it. 

Alaska's Hobo Jim. Dedicated to all our favorite mushers and dogs. WOOF!

Speaking of the Iditarod, and dogs... 

Johnny Horton's best-known contribution to the C&W "historical ballad" craze of the 50's and 60's. Rated M for Manly, with no apologies. Makes you want to shower with a soapstone carving by the glow of the northern lights!

By the late, great Stompin' Tom Connors, God rest him. 

Hiphop, the Arctic, and British humor. No good can come of this. 

If your taste runs to fantasy, here's a nice musical cautionary tale from Mercedes Lackey. Of course, inviting perfect strangers into your home (or into your life) isn't such a shit-hot idea in the real world either -- "Always look beneath the skin." 

Pure Nordic goodness. 

Classic 70's Rock by Rush. Hey, "snow" is in the title. Like drums? Bon appetit!

By Corky and the Juice Pigs, the musical comedy group from which good taste and PC fled screaming into the cold, cruel night, as broadcast on Mad TV. May be NSFW/NSFS, depending on how sensitive and politically correct your workplace/school/local human rights commission is. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. 

That last song flirted with NSFW, this one wallows in it and enjoys every f***ing minute of it. Its relationship to winter is more tangential, but the opening lyrics do mention "forty below". This is for every stinking time that you've finished shoveling out the driveway just in time for the snowplow to cut you off from the road again. 

A Frank Zappa classic. He didn't much care for PC either. 


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DrowMaiden Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Heh, I had a 'pet' iceworm when I was a little kid in Alaska, and it's still around here somewhere, I think. It was just a strip of beaver fur with a felt head and google eyes glued on, but would arch under a stroke like a living thing, and to a toddler, it was magical.
Silverwyng1059 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That ice-worm-hazing sounds horrifying (what the hell is there to eat in a glacier?) D: I don't know how it is in Canada, but a lot of Americans are getting really wimpy and/or stupid when it comes to cold weather. A few days ago when it was -15F wind chill there was a girl in the wal-mart parking lot in high-heeled boots, a knitted sweater and skin-tight jeans. She was sliding all over the place trying to walk over the ice, the whole time whimpering at her boyfriend.
amberchrome Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
I finally found the poem about it, that Robert Service also did, describing the ordeal of one of these tenderfeet. But he kind of had it coming to him. 

There are a couple of versions on YouTube, but they are kind of ragged. 

Silverwyng1059 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That poem seems like it would do well if set to music :lol: It's a shame that some of these lighter hazing initiations are being done away with or lumped in with the kind of people that will drag someone down the street behind a donkey.
sharkplane77 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
By-Tor and the Snow Dog is pretty good :giggle: got that song on my mp3 :giggle: same with Zappa's song :lol: Frank Zappa was pretty much my hero all throughout junior high and high school :lmao:
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January 8, 2014