music; when it makes me feel something. This season awakens reflective feelings and lulls me in to some sort of trance. It exudes a certain sense of timelessness that I try to steal out in words but truly, it can only be felt. Autumn makes me feel deeply connected to my surroundings, home; I belong to it and it to me.
Michael Nyman, The Heart asks Pleasure First - This song for me is autumn in full swing. In particular, it reminds me of autumn over the estuaries, to the south and west of us in South Cumbria. The piano in it is both hypnotic and beautiful. Fun fact! I learnt to play this by ear when I was in school.
2. Erik Satie, Premiere Gymnopedie - I rediscovered this not long ago and it is so breathtakingly beautiful for me, as if it, alone, were showing me the leaves falling and time passing in the golden forests.
3. Vanessa Carlton, Hear the Bells - I can hear autumn's breath in her voice. In the beautiful instrumental intervals I see sunlight flickering between trees and the enormity of the beauty behind the season begins to dawn upon me. As the day draws to a close and I'm on the bus home she gives me ghosts through the veil of acoustic and distant piano. This piece reaches in and grabs at your insides!
4. Jamie Scott and the Town, See your Face Again - This song captures the lull of autumn days and the peace behind them. It sings of kicking up leaves in the gutter, collecting conkers and acoustic lullabies.
5. Little Women, Orchard House - I saved this one for last as for me it fringes on bringing to mind the festivities that are part of December. I imagine all the fruits of the harvest coming together and it's so jolly, a delightful nod to the past at the same time as excitement for the festivities to unfold!
What do you think of my picks? I think if aliens came to our planet and discovered Autumn they would never want to leave! What are you listening to this November? ♡