The season of falling leaves, apple picking, carving pumpkins, and making pies.
It's a pity you don't exist.
See, here in Butte we don't really get this "fall" business. We get hot temperatures and clear skies one day, then snow the next. This pattern will repeat for weeks until mother nature makes up her mind and decides to keep it cold for a while.
Plus, our trees are almost all pine so we don't get any fall colors. The trees that do have leaves just kind of... freeze with the leaves still on them.
Despite these reasons, I still get excited when I hear people talking about "fall." Those cheesy, generic clip arts of pumpkins and leaves make my heart jump.
I get the same kind of thrill out of seeing pictures like this as I do when seeing a picture of a unicorn. For a second, I think that it might possibly (maybe) be real. Short-lived as it is, this enthusiasm gets me in a good mood.
......Or maybe it's the whiplash weather conditions that get me excited, keeping me on my toes and preventing me from getting comfortable.
Regardless of my reasons, I happen to like "fall."
And maybe I was being a little too harsh on old Butte. To be fair, we get some autumnal characteristics.
Like birds. They all stop by for a few weeks to crowd our trees and keep my awake with their chirping. I really do love birds (no sarcasm, I swear). It's fun to see them all, if just for a little while.
Also, the sun rising later than usual makes for really nice walks to school. The sun rises about the same time I do, and pours into my east-facing bedroom window to paint everything gold. Then, when I walk to school (going east) I get to see the rest of the sunrise. It's really lovely.
And the snow (yes, snow!) we got a few days ago means it's officially fall.
As I walked to school this morning, I made a playlist of songs that are best enjoyed in the autumn. The golden light and... let's call it crisp air fit these songs perfectly.
So here we go:
(.....Apparently Spotify doesn't have all the songs I want to include, so I will do this through Youtube. Bear with me here.)
1. Of Monsters and Men- "Lakehouse"
A great fall song. I am forever indebted to these guys for introducing me to Icelandic music, so it was a necessary pick.
2. The Beatles- "Dear Prudence"
....Kind of impossible not to like this one.
3. Alt-J- "Buffalo"
One of the songs that doesn't exist on Spotify, because it's kind of unreleased. Oops.
Anyway, it's marvelous.
4. Fleet Foxes- "Blue Spotted Tail"
I dare you to find a nicer song than this one. It's perfect.
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs- "Skeletons"
Bonus points for the FANTASTIC music video. 5 stars.
6. KT Tunstall- "Golden Age"
The theme-song from this playlist. Such a great one. Kind of makes me cry a bit.
7. Simon and Garfunkel- "America"
My mom makes fun of me for liking these guys. Oh well, what can you do?
8. First Aid Kit- "Ghost Town"
I've decided that this album ('Big Black and the Blue') is my favorite of theirs. And this one might just be my favorite from the album, so you do the math.
9. Cat Stevens- "Moonshadow"
Man, you've gotta love Cat Stevens.
10. Ben Howard- "Gracious"
This song kind of wraps it up. I love the ending (you'll see)....
So there you have it! Here's an abridged version for those of you who can't do without Spotify (I do not blame you. That shit is for real).
I hope those of you in the northern hemisphere are having a nice (maybe even real) fall, and I wish the rest of you a happy spring.