by Bill Forman
Yes, it's the Indy's annual — and highly subjective — countdown of the year's most intriguing, compelling and just plain enjoyable songs. You can pick up our December 26 issue to find the complete story, along with a rundown of local musicians' favorites. In the meantime, here's #3....
Chuck Snow, “Whichever Way the Wind Blows”
“Whichever Way the Wind Blows” is a profoundly moving ballad written and recorded at the height of the Waldo Canyon Fire. Chuck Snow, a veteran of Colorado Springs bands like the Autono and the Lo-Fi Cowboys, manages to capture that moment when what really matters in life is thrown into stark relief: “Heavenly light shine down on me / Down here it’s too dark to see / My whole world is burning and I’ve only my soul / To carry me through whichever way the wind blows.” Even if Bruce Springsteen or Steve Earle had devoted a song to this tragedy, I’m not sure they could have done better.