Today the boys and I took an urban nature walk. We tracked grasshoppers, saw color in the trees and ate some delicious apples. I may be coming around on this change-of-season thing. This calls for some music.
I have a really neat friend named Andrew. He really gets the earth and her seasons. You’d almost think he was a farmer with how in tune he is with the light, the air, the colors, the feelings, the everythings associated with each season. But he’s not. He’s a law student. And a musician (www.andrewwarrenmorgan.com) And so much more. Not in that order.
After writing to him that I was feeling “sad and transition-y” about fall, deep experiencer of the seasons that he is, Andrew not only validated my feelings, but also recommended something akin to a playlist to carry me through. “It’s a weird time of year, isn’t it?” he writes. “…Walks in the evening help a lot because I love to observe the subtle differences in light from day to day. And for some reason I try to embrace the weirdness of the change and soundtrack my life accordingly.”
And so I’m going to take his advice on evening walks and new music. To the below albums, I add two more: Andrew Morgan’s own Please Kid, Remember, which houses his “Leaves” suite, my most favorite song, possibly of all time; and Grey Light of the Season, an unimaginably gorgeous two-volume masterpiece that will take me all the way through to the spring equinox.
Music for your fall (Albums recommended by the wonderful Andrew Morgan.)
The Clientele’s Violet Hour
Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew
Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On
Two songs from God Save the Clientele – “Bonfires on the Heath” and “Harvest Time”
David Axelrod’s Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience
Simon & Garfunkel’s Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme
The Zombies’ Odessey & Oracle
Elliott Smith’s XO
Arthur Verocai – self-titled