The rules: Ten tracks. Only one song per artist or album. No repeats from last month.
1. Crucify | Tori Amos
I used to walk by Newbury Comics every Saturday, and each week I would buy a new album, usually based on album art or friends’ recommendations. Then I’d listen to that new album each morning in my yellow boombox. Little Earthquakes was the first of these spontaneous buys, and as it was near the end of September, “Crucify” became the sound of autumn.
2. Applause | Lady Gaga
Gaga is back. And with this song she transports – it feels otherworldly and fantastic while at the same time the lyrics bring us back to human earth.
3. Video Killed the Radio Star | The Buggles
Maybe it’s because I just read Eleanor and Park and just watched Back to the Future, but I’ve been nostalgic for the mindfulness of the pre-digital age. I think my dream world is an 8bit fairy tale.
4. Send Me On My Way | Rusted Root
Another song that feels like autumn. The simple guitar leading the jaunty steps of the musical journey. Autumn is about a journey, beginnings, long walks in the woods. Let’s go!
5. The Calculation | Regina Spektor
More bouncy beats. After years of listening to Far on Spotify I finally bought the album for myself. I have a feeling songs from that album might sit on this playlist for a while.
6. 3AM | Kate Nash
This song sounds like a sleepover.
7. Close | Erin Rea
Totally evokes a Victorian novel for me. Cosy up under the covers and read for hours by candlelight, get lost in an unrequited love story told on crisp hardcovered pages. It is the album cover, basically. (Oh and you can download for free!)
8. Unreflected | Mazzy Star
Add to sounds of autumn. Can we all perform this around a campfire please?
9. Dancing in the Moonlight | King Harvest
The campfire after-party.
10. Sincerely | The Moonglows
One of the songs featured in PunchDrunk’s The Drowned Man. It’s lovely and warm.
P.S. Here’s September.