Fall Is In The Air: Songs For The Changing Season

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As the seasons change, so can musical tastes.


Today is the first day of fall, at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.

It's the time when spring leaves begin to turn from green to yellow.  Summer peaches give way to autumn apples, and for me at least, musical taste also seems to turn.

Fall means pulling out the Nick Drake CDs again, maybe a bit more Leonard Cohen than usual, and for certain, plenty of Brahms.

There's something about Brahms that gently announces: "Autumn." The wistful late piano pieces, especially, like the Intermezzo in B-flat minor, with its smoldering three against two rhythm — Brahms called it one of his "lullabies for my sorrows." And the Serenade No. 2, devoid of violins, produces a burnished, warm sound — a perfect soundtrack for ochre forests and falling leaves.

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So now that there's a little chill in the night air, and the late afternoon light is beginning to change, do you feel your musical yearning changing, too?

Which music sounds like fall to you?  Tell us what's on your perfect autumnal playlist in the comments section.



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