Autumn: The Year's Last, Loveliest Smile
- William Cullen Bryant
A Fall playlist by codeseven
Thou blossom bright with autumn dew,
And coloured with the heaven's own blue,
That openest when the quiet light
Succeeds the keen and frosty night.
Thou comest not when violets lean
O'er wandering brooks and springs unseen,
Or columbines, in purple dressed,
Nod o'er the ground-bird's hidden nest.
Thou waitest late and com'st alone,
When woods are bare and birds are flown,
And frosts and shortening days portend
The aged year is near his end.
Then doth thy sweet and quiet eye
Look through its fringes to the sky,
Blue—blue—as if that sky let fall
A flower from its cerulean wall.
I would that thus, when I shall see
The hour of death draw near to me,
Hope, blossoming within my heart,
May look to heaven as I depart
"Autumn: The Year's Last, Loveliest Smile" (a title borrowed from poet, William Cullen Bryant), is my attempt at creating an introduction to everyone's favorite upcoming season: Fall. I had been wanting to submit a playlist for a while now, and after listening to the latest AP Podcast, I thought what better theme to focus on than the time of year that is indeed, it's "last, loveliest smile". Fall to me, is amazing because of it's perfect weather, beautiful changing of scenery, our State Fair comes along, and hell even my birthday is coming up in October. And in my state of North Carolina, we experience some of the most beautiful Fall scenery in this country.
With Fall playlists however, comes cliché and expected tracks by bands such as Brand New, Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie, and a whole slew of artists. Am I speaking ill of those musicians? Not at all. But I wanted to strive for a playlist that wasn't as stereotypical as everyone else's. And while I admit I just couldn't turn down some bands that everyone else would already associate with great Fall tracks (e.g. Modest Mouse, The Promise Ring), I still think I did a decent job of putting together a playlist that has at least a couple surprises. And hopefully some tracks that you had heard in the past and forgotten about.
So without further Apu, I present to you my submission:
1. Pedro The Lion - Options
2. Lifestory: Monologue - The Sound That Love Makes
3. Nina Nastasia - Cry, Cry, Baby
4. Birds In Row - Last Last Chance
5. Azure Ray - Sleep
6. Modest Mouse - Sleepwalkin'
7. The Good Life - So Let Go
8. Mazzy Star - Look On Down From The Bridge
9. The Juliana Theory - August In Bethany
10. Pianos Become The Teeth - Young Fire
11. The Promise Ring - All Of My Everythings
Total Time: 49 Minutes
As far as why I picked the songs I did, it's a bit hard to describe. Fall generates a feeling that you can't quite put into words, but you experience it through sight and sound. That's why I chose the songs I did. While I didn't necessarily focus on lyrical content, I went with what gave me that feeling. The songs that I can listen to with my eyes close and can perfectly picture the leaves falling off of the trees, the gray clouds covering the sky, the night air getting cooler on my skin. Fall is all about a feeling, and I'm trying to channel that feeling through the music on this playlist.
I feel a bit silly introducing myself considering how long I've been a member, so I'll make this part short. I'm Daniel, 26 years old, residing in North Carolina. I just bought my first house this year and currently love being a home owner (aside from the cutting grass part which is another great thing with Fall). I work at a web and data hosting company and do everything from installing and racking servers, to troubleshooting various Linux/Unix OSs, and everything in between.
So since we are given an opportunity to plug our stuff, here is just about everything of mine:
- Instagram: Your average Instagram account with pictures of my dog, food, electronics, etc.
- Twitter: I'm not an active Twitter'er, but I only just created it and will try and start using it more.
- Aspen It Is: A personal project of mine where I supply free web hosting for any individual(s) who may need it.
- Bill Paxton Was Right: My technology blog with mainly how-to's in troubleshooting Linux issues.
- Letterboxd: My movie diaries.
- Last.FM: My music diaries.
- Twitch: Where I stream PS4 and PC games.
Just posted this one!