March has passed, so it is time to box up all of the winter items around the house. The coats, gloves, hats, and ear-warmers must be stored away on the top shelf of the walk-in closet.
I always look forward to spring, but there is something depressing about packing away all of the winter stuff. It reminds me that another winter has passed, and thus another year of life.
In an effort to lighten my mood while I put the winter attire in boxes, I think of my favorite “box” songs. Excluded from my list are songs about the sport of boxing, such as Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” and “The Boxing Mirror” by Alejandro Escoveda.
Here are the songs with “Box” in their titles to listen to while packing away winter stuff.
“Box Full of Letters” by Wilco: This catchy track comes from the band’s debut A.M., Jeff Tweedy’s first recording after the demise of alt-country group Uncle Tupleo.
“Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner: The band had many smash hits, even as they mellowed from hard rock to softer pop like this track.
“Pandora’s Box” by Aerosmith: This tune is one of the many treasures from the band’s best album, Get Your Wings.
“Put the Message in the Box” by World Party: Goodbye Jumbo was the indie band’s big breakthrough, and this track alone justifies Karl Wallinger’s departure from the Waterboys to form World Party.
“A Soapbox Opera” by Supertramp: Roger Hodgson questions the Catholic Church, saying “Father Washington you’re all mixed up” and “Sister Robinson you’re all washed up,” on this melodic tune from Crisis? What Crisis?
“Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” by Bob Dylan: “Can you tell me how your head feels under something like that?” Dylan asks of the subject of this Blond on Blond electric blues tune.
“Heart-Shaped Box” by Nirvana: Kurt Cobain wrote this number one hit from In Utero after receiving a heart-shaped box from girlfriend Courtney Love.
“Crackerbox palace” by George Harrison: This track with the catchy chorus appears on the former Beatle’s 331/3 album, recorded after he lost the law suit accusing him of stealing the melody for “My Sweet Lord.”
“Box Full o’ Honey” by Duran Duran: This tuneful song is the delight from Red Carpet Massacre, recorded twenty years after the band peaked with tracks such as “Rio” and “Hungry like the Wolf.”
“Rox in the Box” by the Decemberists: The indie band continued its brand of anglo pop-rock on the this track from the album The King Is Dead, a worthy follow-up to The Crane Wife and Picaresque.
“Squeeze Box” by the Who: One of the band’s biggest hits from By the Numbers, this tune written by Pete Townsend about an accordion has a country flavor that is absent from almost the rest of the band’s entire catalog.
“The Box” by Johnny Flynn: The folk band addresses homelessness on this ballad, which opens the A Larum album.
“John’s Music Box” by the Mamas and Papas: This instrumental is simply the sound from a music box that closes the Deliver album.
“Box” by Tokyo Police Club: Both of the indie band’s EPs include this track, whose pop-rock would fit in nicely on either Champ or Elephant Shell.
“PO Box 9847” by the Monkees: Though not as well-known as “Daydream Believer” or the quirky “Tapioca Tundra,” this tune has the catchy chorus and sweet vocals that made the band so endearing to millions.