I always find myself listening to the same things in the fall. For the past four years, it's been Sufjan Stevens' Seven Swans. That particular album has special significance for me, because Geoff introduced me to it when we first met, and I have a very fond memory of sitting in the cold on the rooftop at his old apartment while listening to it. That was a near-enchanted time in my life and so the things I listened to then are extra dear to me & make me remember things with a little pang of sorrow & joy. It was an autumn filled with the highest highs and the lowest lows. I liked being 25.
A couple of years ago I discovered Grizzly Bear, who are really a year-round favourite. I saw them last year and there didn't seem to be too many people at the show, which I think is a shame. Their music is heartachingly beautiful, and let's face it, these guys are a good-lookin' bunch (not an important criterion with music, but it helps). I listen to Yellow House a lot in the fall. "Colorado" gives me chills. Here they are!
Last week I bought a CD (I haven't purchased a CD in literally YEARS): In Ear Park by Department of Eagles, which features a member of Grizzly Bear who happens to have the loveliest voice. It is fantastic. I think I may end up listening to it more in the spring/summer, but for now I'm playing "Herringbone" and "Around the Bay" on repeat.
In early winter I will probably listen to A River Ain't Too Much To Love by Smog endlessly. The opening song, "Palimpsest" ("winter exposes the nests / and I'm gone"), always makes me think of a trip to High Park a few years ago, where I wound up taking pictures of bare trees with empty nests in them.
There's just something about autumn and early winter that I love more than anything.
I was just reading over some of my last posts and realized that I am really fond of diminutives. Sometimes I wish English had built-in ones so I wouldn't have to write "little" all the time. I like tiny things, cute little things, etc., and I tend to add "-let" to all kinds of things. Silly silly.