All That Glitters

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"It's almost Friday night. Outside, the dark is getting darker and the cold is getting colder. Inside, lights are coming on in houses and apartment buildings. And here and there, uptown and downtown and across the bridges of the city, one hundred and five people are getting dressed to go to work." So begins one of my all-time favorite children's books, The Philharmonic Gets Dressed, by Karla Kuskin, with illustrations by Marc Simont.

Among many wonderful musical things, this book, in its first few sentences, utterly romanticizes this time of year, with its long, cold nights. This week, in celebration of some of the longest nights of the year, we are going to explore music about the stars, planets, celestial bodies and other glittery, wintry nighttime things.

As night falls earlier and earlier, my day-to-day rhythms slowly morph. I've always been a night person, and this time of year I find my late-day energy boost coming earlier and earlier. This is a season for long post-dinner walks and hot, mulled things.

For me, incidental city-walking music becomes bright bright bright this time of year. What's your favorite thing about these long nights? What are you listening to during all these dark hours?