Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Autumn Playlist

I don't know what it is about autumn, but it makes me crave music that is cozy and sunny and kind of warm. I don't know how I classify music as "cozy", but I know it when I hear it! 

Gatineau Park, QC - I'll be heading here next weekend! 
I associate music so strongly with seasons, that there are some songs that just feel wrong to listen to at any other time of the year.  Feist's "The Reminder"album falls into this category, bringing back memories of my 19th birthday and trips to Gatineau Park. Sam Cooke will always remind me of my 4th year of university, especially the reverse culture shock I had coming back from England. 

This fall, I seem to be craving a sort of folk-bluegrass-country combination of songs. I suspect two factors are responsible:

1. O Brother, Where Art Thou? was on AMC the other night, and if there is any other movie that would turn a non-bluegrass fan into one, I don't know of it. 

2. My life changing trip to Yosemite National Park a few weeks ago (if you follow my instagram, or know me in real life, you're probably sick to death of hearing about Yosemite, but I can't help it. It was incredible). The trip left me yearning for more connections to nature and history, hence, I think, the attraction to folk music.

ANYWAY. After much trial and error, I finally figured out how to publish a mix on 8tracks (no Spotify in Canada, sadly), with some songs that remind me of autumn and other songs I've been listening to lately.

Autumn Sun Playlist

Mason Jar - The Bitterroot Band
Sweet Spot - Tiff Merritt
People Turn Around - Delta Spirit
Thunderheads - Dixie Chicks
Someday Never Comes -  Billy Valentine & the Forest Rangers
You & Me - Sara Watkins
I'll Fly Away - Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch
Goodbye California - Jana Kramer
Anyhow - Tyler Lyle
Down to the River to Pray - Alison Krauss and Union Station
Do Re Mi - Woody Guthrie
Heart of Gold - Neil Young
Oh My God - W.B. Givens
Home to You - The Peasall Sisters
Down in the Valley - The Head and the Heart
No Diggity vs. Thrift Shop - Ed Sheeran ft. Passenger

What have you been listening to lately? What songs remind you of autumn? 

P.S. I find/found a lot of great music (and a few of these songs) through the blogs Back Down South and FolkHive. Lots of free downloads with options to buy or pay-what-you-like.  

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