September means Uggs, Gilmore Girls, and sweaters. Whether you are doing homework after school or picking up Starbucks in the morning, a playlist is the perfect background to any rainy, sweater-weather day. Here are 17 songs to set the mood for an autumn day:
There She Goes- The La’s
Fade Into You- Mazzy Star
Where do we go now?- Gracie Abrams
cardigan- Taylor Swift
Hear the Bells- Vanessa Carlton
Sweet Nothing- Taylor Swift
Lovers Rock- TV Girl
Dark Red- Steve Lacy
All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)- Taylor Swift
Bad Habit- Steve Lacy
Apple Cider- beabadoobee
Let the Light In- Lana Del Rey (ft. Father John Misty)
mirrorball- Taylor Swift
Hotel California 2013 Remaster- Eagles
1979- The Smashing Pumpkins
Happiness is a butterfly- Lana Del Rey
Fade Into You: “Fade Into You” is a popular love song by the band Mazzy Star and was released in the 90s on the album So Tonight That I Might See. It is a slow song that was included in not only a high school dance scene in Gilmore Girls, but was also played at prom last year. The song has a guitar rhythm that is dreamy and soft, making it a perfect compliment to the changing of the season.
mirrorball: Taylor Swift is currently one of the top female artists in the world with 12 grammys and a large variety in her music genres. During 2020 and the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Swift released 2 albums exploring the folk and indie pop genres. One of the albums in particular, folklore, is an album that defines the fall season. Genius.com explains that the song “mirrorball”, a fan-favorite, comes with lots of intention from Swift and her producer, Jack Antonoff. Swift explains that she based this song off of all the people in society who when under the spotlight “shimmer” and “glisten”, but as soon as the lights dim, they remain on a pedestal, broken and only utilized for entertainment. Although mirrorball cuts deep, it is a must listen with an ambiance only Taylor can create.
Happiness is a butterfly: According to genius.com, Nathaniel Hawthorne, an American novelist and author of “The Scarlet Letter” once said, “Happiness is a butterfly”, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Lana Del Rey, an American singer-songwriter, drawing inspiration from Hawthorne, wrote, “Happiness is a butterfly. Try to catch it, like, every night. It escapes from my hands into moonlight.” This piano ballad is an easy one to sing along with, and captures what it sounds like as summer is ending and the season is changing. Lana and Hawthorne compare a butterfly with what it’s like to “chase after” happiness. However, it’s tendency is to find you when you need it most.
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