September: New Season, New Inspiration
Hello, September! It is almost the beginning of a new season, and it has inspired musicians worldwide, from every genre. This is an article about music and autumn, and why this time of the year is a time of closure, but also perfect for new starts (the same as spring, but for different reasons).
Don’t we all love autumn? The smell of a pumpkin pie baking in the oven, flocks of birds flying south in search of warmer weather, the colors of the leaves that cover the park, your garden, the sidewalks… Autumn is the perfect season for finding new inspiration! By the way, if you are thinking about taking music lessons or signing up your kid, don’t overthink it! It only takes three minutes and it may change your life for good. Here are two playlists about the autumn that you may enjoy while holding a warm cup of tea and looking at the trees outside turning golden and red.
Classical music inspired by the autumn
Since the dawn of time, artists have turned towards nature looking for new sources of inspiration. Composers and musicians aren’t the exceptions! Many classical pieces allude to the autumn. It is not just a colorful season but it is also a moment of change, a time of loss, and letting go. In fact, old age is referred to as the autumn of life. Nature has to rest, sometimes even dies, only to reborn during springtime!
Every playlist of this kind should begin by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (1723). “Autumn” is not altogether a sad piece, but also a cheerful, colorful music that reminds us of hunting season, the end of the harvest, and the quick, sudden change of events that autumn brings into the world, before the slow, peaceful wintertime. Vivaldi wrote this series of concerts inspired by four sonnets. Here is a brief part of the text that corresponds to autumn:
Everyone is made to forget their cares and to sing and dance
By the air which is tempered with pleasure
And (by) the season that invites so many, many
Out of their sweetest slumber to fine enjoyment
Similar to Vivaldi, other classical musicians have turned to autumn looking for motivation. For example, in 1841, Fanny Mendelssohn composed a 12-cycle piano piece titles Das Jahr. Each cycle representing a month, “September” puts together a dark melody with a flowing accompaniment, and thus represents the mixed sensations autumn brings into the human soul.
In the early 20th Century, Richard Strauss composed his Four Last Songs, centering them on the theme of death. “September” is a melancholic piece, but also brings calm and peacefulness to the end of all things.
Popular music about the autumn
Of course, many, many modern and contemporary musicians have sung songs about this season and this month in particular. Here is a little rock and pop playlist you can enjoy all year long, but particularly during the fall:
- “Autumn changes” by Donna Sumer: The autumn as a metaphor for a relationship that is fading away. The famous disco artist from the Seventies shows you how a song can be somehow sorrowful and still make you want to dance! “Autumn changes, shifting phases, autumn changes, turning stages”.
- “Autumnsong” Manic Street Preachers: Let’s rock the autumn! “So when you hear this autumn song, clear your heads and get ready to run, so when you hear this autumn song, remember the best times are yet to come”. Manic Street Preachers remind us not only that autumn is a great season for changing our hairstyles but also that changes can be a positive thing!
- “September”, by Earth, Wind & Fire: And let’s keep dancing and having fun! No matter your age, you’ll surely recognize this fun song and start moving to the beat. “Do you remember the 21st night of September? Love was changing the minds of pretenders while chasing the clouds away”. By the way, there is a great cover of this song by Kirk Frankling.
- “Wake me up when September ends”, by Green Day: The popular punk rock band from Berkeley surprised everybody with this deep, sad song that is strong, hard, and powerful: “summer has come and passed, the innocent can never last, wake me up when September ends”. If you haven’t watched the video clip, do yourself a favor and do it right away. It’s terrifying, it’s real, it’s music and pictures that hurt.
- “September Morn”, by Neil Diamond: If you want to share a romantic embrace or slow-dance under the fading autumn lights, you should definitely play this classic song that will put you in the mood for love: “September morn, do you remember, how we danced that night away, two lovers playing scenes, from some romantic play, September morning, still can make me feel that way”.
- “Harvest Moon”, by Neil Young: And if you still want to keep dancing under the autumn moonlight, what about this lovely country ballad? “But there's a full moon risin', let's go dancin' in the light, we know where the music's playin', let's go out and feel the night”.
- “Autumn in New York”, by Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald: The caressing voices of these two idols of jazz will transport to a magical and nostalgic time. “Autumn in New York, the gleaming rooftops at sundown, oh, autumn in New York, it lifts you up when you run down”.
- “September Song”, J P Cooper: And for all of you teens out there, a song that isn’t too old (yet), but still sounds a bit melancholic because, hey, that’s the feeling of the season, right? “You were my September song, summer lasted too long, time moves so slowly when you're only fifteen. You were my September song; tell me where have you gone? Do you remember me, we were only fifteen”.
Tell us; is your favorite autumn song on our playlist? Which other songs would you add? We wish you a great change of seasons all of us in Nabi Music!