Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's the Time of the Season

Summer is the time of BIG. It's when the movie production companies roll out their huge, explosion-riddled blockbusters, pop stars release their catchiest tunes and we all parade around in our most revealing clothes, gathering near barbecue grills and swimming pools. But alas, the end of Summer is upon us and though most of the U.S. has had an unseasonably cool summer, there is still something merciful about the beginning of Fall.

Fall is the opposite of Summer in many ways, even more so then Winter. Fall is a time for the small, the quiet. We pause to hear the crunch of leaves beneath our shoes, we have retired our swimsuits and walk to and fro with our hands in the pockets of our hooded sweatshirts. Fall is a time to get out of the city, to immerse yourself in nature, breath in the smoky last breath of dying leaves. Fall serves to hold the most iconic images that nature has to offer - a palette of orange, gold and red, dead cornstalks, bristling bare branches - the colors of summer and heat retreating - the colors signifying the bare essentials of earth laid out before us.

If you're anything like me, Fall is also about breaking out the Ipod and grabbing a cup of coffee to go re-exploring the world. Here, a mix of songs that feel appropriate for the season for you to download now (Sorry, I can't help you out there) and take with you on your Fall adventures.

1. "Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground" - The White Stripes
2. "TV Trays" - Death Cab For Cutie
3. "Cold Water" - Tom Waits
4. "Tears are in Your Eyes" - Yo La Tengo
5. "Roscoe" - Midlake
6. "Alaska" - Dr. Dog
7. "I Can Smell the Leaves" - Olivia Tremor Control
8. "Apple Bed" - Sparklehorse
9. "Sun it Rises" - Fleet Foxes
10. "Carry Me Ohio" - Sun Kil Moon
11. "Black Mountain" - Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
12. "Autumn Leaves" - Eva Cassidy

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