Well, that was abrupt. Earlier this week I was sweating in front of my fan, desperate for some air to flow into my third floor converted-attic apartment. Today it is 50 degrees and raining, my fingers have turned to icicles, and I am piled under all my blankets, hunkered down and refusing to leave the house, even though it’s Coven Night at the monthly queer dance party. I can’t say that I’m mad about this new dreary weather, though. I’m excited to be wearing pants again; I’m excited to cook things on my stove without regretting how hot it makes the whole apartment; I’m excited to read and drink tea on my couch while listening to gloomy music. I’m excited for when the rain clears up and leaves a slight lingering melancholy to mix with invigoratingly crisp air.
So in honor of in-between month, I bring you a playlist for cold, autumn rain. Break out your stew recipes and hot cocoa mix, sharpen your pumpkin-carving knife, unearth your slippers from the back of the closet, press play, and settle in for the fall.
Oh Sister – Andrew Bird
Living Proof – Cat Power
Wanna Be On Your Mind – Valerie June
Sentimental X’s – Broken Social Scene
Archive – Mal Blum
Swimming in Your Ocean – Crash Test Dummies
Ghosts – Ibeyi
Your Apartment – Jenny Owen Youngs
Write to Your Brother – Perfume Genius
Every Time the Sun Comes Up – Sharon Van Etten
That’s the Way – Led Zeppelin
Afraid – Posse
Where I Will Be – Emmylou Harris
November Rain – Guns N’ Roses