Maybe it's the autumn,

maybe it's the rain,

but I've been listening

to Nellie McKay more and more

as of late.

The two songs included

here, above and below,

feature minimal instrumentation

and are almost a cappella.

Beautiful, sweeping, vintage

tracks that soundtrack the rainfall

throughout Chicago today.

If you need more

from Ms. McKay,

you can start with her

whirlwind double disc

debut, Get Away From Me,

from back in 2004.