"Clothe Yourself For The Winter" is yet another brilliant Sofia Talvik original. Sofia sees the song as a metaphor, noting that we seem to be entering some dark and disquieting times all around the globe. And, if winter is coming to the world, we need to be prepared for the cold. In essence, "Clothe Yourself For The Winter" is a call for all (but especially targeted groups) to stand by each other--draw others (who might also be targeted) close around you as a winter coat. In particular, Sofia has always been supportive of women, and especially supportive of women who receive little to no support from other quarters. Along those lines, she asks--as the song has been posted as a free download--that you make a donation to Planned Parenthood, if you can. "Planned Parenthood," she notes, "was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams--no ceilings, no limits." Healthcare, which is what Planned Parenthood provides, should not be political.
Musically, I particularly like the use of the cello in "Clothe Yourself For The Winter" (played here by David Floer). Helping to continue the Americana journey Sofia's been on for the past few years, Tim Fleming provides the pedal steel guitar. Lyrically, there is one particular stanza which I felt was especially biting.
You said you wanted a change
And so the world is changing for you
You said you wanted a break
And now the world has broken in two
"Clothe Yourself For The Winter" is, as noted, available as a free or "name your price" download from Bandcamp (as are most of Sofia's previous Christmas singles). What's more, Sofia has another Christmas song coming this year. "When It Rains On Christmas Day" releases Thursday. This is a commercial release (meaning it isn't free) and, given all the free Christmas (and other) music she's given us over all these years, I think that's more than fair. As yet, we do not have anything beyond the :30 preview clip at Amazon, but it sounds about as brilliant as a :30 preview clip can sound, and we only have to wait a couple more days before we can hear it all.
UPDATE: "When It Rains On Christmas Day" is a "name-your-price" download after all. We'll speak of this again after Thanksgiving.