I love music. I feel it speaks emotions that words cannot and have always played it when happy, sad, angry, or just for fun. And when nothing else can make me feel better, it’s music that steps in and cradles that piece of me that needs solace and care. It’s music that seems to understand exactly what I’m going through and what I need to hear to feel better.
Different songs have different meanings and serve varying purposes for me. And I love creating playlists! Remembering making mixed tapes when you were young??? I loved it.
So, here is my playlist for Fall… just for a little inspiration:
Orange Sky (by Alexi Murdoch)
This song not only talks about standing under an orange sky, as the songwriter sings about sisters and brothers and being weary from a long travel… it has that warm, heartfelt feel of an autumn day with family and friends. A soft, steady beat that you can move to, perhaps do sun salutations to, without much thought, resting the mind and soul and giving the yourself a bit of a break from the long, hot summer days you’ve just journeyed through.
“Well I had a dream I stood beneath an orange sky…”
Will You Still Love Me (by Amy Winehouse)
I first heard this song in the tv show The Newsroom. Soon it was in all of my yoga playlists as a cool-down song. I love it. For some reason, it reminds me of one of those songs you’d hear behind all the ambient noise in a restaurant or bar towards the end of the night… wine glass in hand, twinkling little lights lining the walls and ceiling as you sit in awe of the night, your life, your direction.
“So tell me now cuz I won’t ask again…”
Something Just Like This (by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay)
I just love Coldplay. Don’t you? And this is one of those songs that you just want to play loud, anywhere you are. The beat is great. The sound is awesome. As it crescendos from the first to the last, you feel your mind and soul elevate to a more blissful state. Simply put, it just makes you feel good.
“I’ve been reading books of old, the legends and the myths…”
Breathless (by The Corrs)
Another one of those songs that when it comes on, you instantly feel like rolling down the windows, cranking it up, and driving with the music loud as the wind blows your hair and worries to bits. One of my all time faves.
“The daylight’s fading slowly but time with you is standing still…”
Castle on the Hill (Ed Sheeran)
I am in love with this singer/songwriter… this adorable, fair-skinned, red-headed British man who belts out in his strong accent about castles and Galway – so far from life here in America. Not only are his songs fabulous, but he’s British and I have an infatuation with the Brits right now. I watch reruns of The Great British Baking Show all the time, and I dream of touring through the British Isles to see everything – from the big cities to the hillsides, every castle and every pub.
“I still remember these old country lanes when we did not know the answers…”
Ass Back Home (by Gym Class Heroes)
This song always comes to mind for fall music, because nearly every fall my husband leaves for work. And soon after, I’m wishing for his ass to be back home (ha ha).
“We put the ‘us’ in ‘trust’, Baby!”
Every Road (by The Maine)
This is a song that breathes new journeys and new adventures. I guess maybe it’s because I discovered it in the movie Blue Crush 2. Have you seen it? This girl travels to South Africa in search of the same surf adventure her mom once went on.
Autumn can be a great time for new adventures, because the weather is so nice. That’s when you see people coming out of their homes for festivals and gatherings, happy to leave the humid summer heat behind.
“Cuz we’re the lucky ones, on every road…”
Annie’s Song (by John Denver)
Can’t you just feel the mountains in this song? I’ve always been a fan of John Denver and the way he writes and sings about the outdoors. Total cooler weather feeling here. Plus, it’s in 3/4 time… which is one of my favorite rhythms.
“You fill up my senses like a night in a forest…”
Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop (Landon Pigg)
This song reminds me of my college days… walking through downtown Charleston past all the little coffee shops and bars with acoustic guitar players serenading the customers and passers-by alike.
“I never knew just what it was about this coffee shop I love so much…”
Cool Change (Little River Band)
The title above explains it all. By the time fall comes around, I’m ready for a “cool change”.
“Sailing on the cool and bright clear waters…”
Perfect Place (by Voice of the Beehive)
My sister and I used to listen to this group all the time when we were young. The entire album is great, but this song in particular is so sweet. And as the holidays approach, I’m reminded of how fortunate I am and the importance of caring for others. This song and this time of year seem to mesh quite nicely.
“This could be a perfect place…”
Beauty of Grace (by Thad Fiscella)
It’s the emotion in this song that will put you into a cooler frame of mind, since it’s purely instrumental. Listening to it, you can just imagine a loved one returning home after a long stint away… running up to them and seeing the joy in their eyes as you welcome them home with a hot cup of tea and something warm from the oven.
What song reminds you of autumn?
I’d love to hear about it! I love discovering new music!