As the leaves fall and the days shorten, I’ve found myself subconsciously shifting the songs that track my days. The anthems and unabashed jams of the summer are giving way to subtler, more contemplative tracks.
On a long walk through a rustle of leaves, here are three songs that paint stories that are as vivid as they are thought-provoking. None of these are new, but they’re all keepers.
The first, from PJ Harvey, takes you to a rooftop in Brooklyn and a moment you’re not likely to forget.
What’s in the DNA of a great driving song? Some songs, regardless of their genre or general awesomeness, just don’t work behind the wheel. Even if it were 8am and I had a triple latte in my right hand, if Iron & Wine is on in the car I’m going to fall asleep and end up parked in a ravine. And, regardless of their musical merit, there are a lot of rap songs that I love that if played as I roll down the streets of Chicago would make it bit too easy for someone to ask if I were inspired by Office Space.
But then there are songs that have you reaching for the sunroof controls by the end of the first verse. The best of the bunch of these from this summer thus far is from the band Murder Mystery.
For someone who frets over the song best suited for breakfast, choosing one’s final tracks is a high-stakes business. But here I am, on day 24 of the 30 days of music, charged with choosing a song that I’d want to play at my funeral. So I’ve narrowed it down to four, each its own strategy for the big event.