Enter autumn. Come have a listen to our favorite tunes to celebrate the change in seasons.
Chilly air, red leaves, wind weaving through window screens…the transition of summer to fall is never a surprise, but always a beautiful phenomenon. To enhance your autumnal mood, we sifted through albums upon albums to find the perfect fall songs. Below are a few of our favorites. As always, stay up to date with The Five by following the playlist here and getting in on the conversation by posting your personal picks below. Welcome, fall!
“Catch the Wind” by Donovan. The distinct sound and voice of folk-inspired musician, Donovan, is a perfect fit for any fall day. Laid-back and lyrically moving, “Catch the Wind” is like a warm cup of tea.
“Stay Gold” by First Aid Kit. “The sun shone high those few summer days / Left us in a soft, wide-eyed haze / It shone like gold / It shone like gold.” With an opening verse like that and voices that sound like liquid gold velvet, First Aid Kit’s “Stay Gold” will be sure to excite you about autumn. My humble suggestion: play this song in the morning as you wake.
“The Only Living Boy in New York” by Simon & Garfunkel. This song, written by Paul Simon and performed by Simon and Garfunkel in 1970 makes me want to cozy up on the couch with my Oma’s hand-knit blankets and a stack of books. Comforting and soothing, the background vocals of Simon and Garfunkel, recorded in an echo chamber, are reminiscent of the wind.
“Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)” by The Mamas and The Papas. You may be thinking, but what about “California Dreamin’?! I mean, c’mon… “all the leaves are brown, and the skies are grey!” Though I love that song too, “Twelve-Thirty” is a driving song of momentum, yet romantic in its harmonies. The legendary music arrangements and combination of male and female harmonies of The Mamas and Papas are classically fall.
“So Long, Marianne” by Leonard Cohen. Ahh, the poetic genius that is Leonard Cohen. This song is said to be inspired by a woman named Marianne, who Cohen met on the Greek island of Hydra and who he said was the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. The two lived together for many years and she went on to inspire many of Cohen’s poems and songs. Now, “So Long, Marianne” is serving us inspiration for the beginning of a new season.
+Now it’s your turn! I would love to hear which songs are on your fall mixes.