I think that the analogy of the four seasons being akin to life is a good one. We watch the seasons pass slowly, as we do our lives. In spring we are children, young and carefree, everything is beautiful and blooming for us. In summer we are adults, but still young. We long to stay up late, fall in love and enjoy the heat. In winter we are old and don't move around as much as we once did, but we are wise and much joy comes from sitting by the fire with family and friends. And autumn is that time in our adulthood were we have settled down, but have not yet retired. We have learned to slow down and enjoy everything around us. We understand the beauty of life and no longer take it for granted.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons and many musicians have sung its praises. For this playlist I wanted to select songs that had a main theme of autumn, but I also wanted a list that "felt" like autumn. For me that means meandering, crisp, sparse, colorful and gentle music. I've done my best to eliminate anything harsh from this list and focus on the mellow side. The playlist includes a good deal of low-key jazz along with some world music, instrumental and mellow popular music tracks. Although eclectic in genre they're all connected by a calmness and beauty that you can find at the heart of autumn itself.
What's your favorite autumn song?
Songs For Autumn
1. Autumn Leaves - Nat King Cole
2. Autumn In New York - Billie Holiday
3. Early Autumn - Stan Getz
4. Autumn Serenade - Johnny Hartman
5. Autumn In Baltimore - Ken Massey
6. When The Leaves Come Falling Down - Van Morrison
7. Falling Leaves - Clayton Wright Jazz Piano Trio
8. November - Tom Waits
9. Autumn - Paolo Nutini
10. Autumn Reflections - Ken Verheecke
11. Autumn Yearning Fantasia - Wei Ll
12. Autumn Song - Mose Allison
13. Blue Autumn - Lotta
14. Autumn In Seattle - Tsuyoshi Yamamoto
15. In my Little Autumn, the trees had Only One Leaf - Fariborz Lachini
16. Autumn - Acoustic Autumn
17. Autumn Moon - Dmitri Matheny
18. Vivaldi's "Autumn" - Leonard Bernstein
19. Autumn Rain - Ahmad Jamal
20. Late Autumn - Sounds Of The Earth
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