Music for Inclement Weather – Jeremy Latta
I grew up in a little lakeside community in central Alberta that only had one store, a little ice cream shack that we used to ride our bikes down to. Part of the way along our ride there was a corner where you could turn left and head into the larger town with the school about 15 minutes away, or turn right (toward the store, and “downtown” Rochon Sands) and head down what was just the biggest hill ever, at least to my pre-teen eyes.
I bought this CD strictly because it’s cover art bears a shocking resemblance to the view you would get when you looked to the right as you were going down this hill. This is one of the flimsiest reasons I have ever had for buying a random CD from an artist I had never heard of (and yes I need to have reasons to justify all of my CD purchases to myself, preferably more convincing than this one), and although it took some time for me to appreciate it, I was not disappointed with my purchase. I bought Music for Inclement Weather while I lived in Ottawa, but it didn’t click ‘til I was wandering down Mount Pleasant in Toronto in the rain one day and realized that ‘Chickadees/Church Bells’ is the song that every laptop “found-sound” splicer is trying to create. This is not music for the masses, but if you are spending a cold winter’s night with nothing to do but household chores, this is your soundtrack.