Why listen? For an Advent lament; musical arrangement befitting the season; an illustration of how to balance of sadness and sweetness.
Even though we in sunny south Florida only get a tiny taste of winter, I still remember those Kentucky Decembers on the farm, when water could freeze in the horses' buckets and the wind would cut like a knife and you could wake up one morning to a world suddenly gone white. Few songs capture the loveliness and melancholy of the season quite as well as Sarah McLachlan's "Wintersong." This Advent lament for a lost love skirts close to sentimentality in places, but ultimately avoids it through poignant reflection on personal pain. The arrangement is spare as a leaf-stripped bough, McLachlan's voice warm as a seat by the blazing hearth. A good way to usher in the most beautifully bleak time of the year.