Wednesday, September 10, 2008

sweater songs

Summer's done. Time to start listening to the Jesus and Mary Chain again.

That's the thought that popped into my head this morning when the furnace kicked in for the first time this season. Although to be truthful, it should have been running for the past week, except that the batteries needed replacing in the thermostat and I didn't realize it right away. I just kept wondering why I was so freakin' cold in the mornings.

I made myself a new workout cd this morning - heavy on the JAMC and dipping back into the archives for some other vintage tunes guaranteed to increase your heart rate. When I emerged
from the basement, red-faced and dripping after the inaugural run of said workout cd, the light smattering of frost had melted away, the sun was brilliant in a cloudless sky, and people were shucking off their sweaters.

I still feel like listening to the JAMC though.

Head On is a textbook example of what happens when you take a fantastic song and make a ridiculously bad video out of it. Although Jim was awfully cute.

Do you crave different music for different times of year?
Have you switched modes yet?


Volly said...

Wow - you need your heat already? Is that typical where you live, or a tad early?

It just blows me away. Even in NYC, we never expected the heat to kick on before about the 2nd week of October.

I Am Curious (Volly)

BeckEye said...

Hey, that video's not working.

It was one of my forgotten classics some time ago. Love that song...good for all seasons!

Anonymous said...

I don't really follow seasons when it comes to music,mainly because there are only 3 seasons down here; hot, hotter, or raining like teh shit but still hot. However I do have a song stuck in my head, and it's the Jonas Brothers' Burning Up.
I know.

dguzman said...

Definitely--fall and winter are perfect for old U2 (Unforgettable Fire and before) and Suzanne Vega's first CD.

It's pretty cold here in the mornings too, but not yet sweater or furnace cold (just the low 50s). I'm still wearing shorts every day.

BeckEye said...

I hope you know that you've had this in my head since yesterday:

If you want to destroy my sweater...woh oh oh...Pull this thread as I walk away (as I walk AWAYYYY!!)...

Not that that's a bad thing. It just reminds me of college. I miss college.

Will said...

Some music is year-round, but often I do crave music in certain seasons. I can think of a number of albums that will be dusted off (ie selected on the iPod) once the weather turns to fall and winter. I have maybe slightly started to shift towards that mood, however it hasn't happened quite yet.

Gifted Typist said...

Yes, as fall closes in I like nice calming jazz, like Dexter Gordon.

Been listening to the new Coldplay album too (she said, fearing Coldplay is considered too naff for words in the indie world - I know Chris Martin can be a jerk sometimes, but I like the music.)

All summer long I was rocking to an AfroCuban vibe.

justacoolcat said...

Did you just use the F word?

What next? The S word?

Sean Wraight said...

It's funny Barbara... Perhaps its the smell of burning leaves in the air. (They can still do that in the village southwest of my home.) But Autumn always makes me nostaligic. Particularly for school and listening to the music that I discovered when I attended University. By the end of October I literally crave the music of Elvis Costello or the Replacements or the Minutemen.

I suppose if truth be told they have become musical 'comfort food' as it were. And yes, the Jesus and Mary Chain are in there too. The result being, I do my true listening in Fall and winter and my exploring (of music) in Spring and Summer.

Might be a distinctly Canadian thing. Heck it might even have something to do with hibernating but the listening habits do change with the season. And yes, I am hanging, make that clinging to the last vestiges of summer.

I think its going to be a very long winter here North of the 49th. But at least I've got lots of friends to commisurate with. (Mind you, there isn't a chance though I'll be turning on the furnace before October 1st.)


mister anchovy said...

I've never thought about music for different seasons. Perhaps jigs are better for spring and reels for autumn.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's not atypical for this area, Volly. We're at a high altitude so even in the summer, the nights are cool. And once the days get shorter, it doesn't take longer for them to get damn cool.

It's working fine for me, Beckeye, but obviously you are well familiar with it anyway. It is a great song, innit?

Does that song reflect the season then, BAP? So I am guessing you are heading into Hotter right now?
I would imagine winter songs are lost on you then.

I put sandals on this afternoon, Dguzman, because all of a sudden it turned hot. It'll still be freezing tonight, though.
I love digging out the old music in the fall too. It's a time of rediscovery.

I miss university at this time of year too, Beckeye, although so far it hasn't got me singing Weezer songs. Just a matter of time.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It makes you wonder if there is any point in releasing albums in September, doesn't it, Will? If we are all digging into our old collections.

Afro Cuban? Now that is certainly a summer vibe, Gifted> I can see how that would segue into smooth jazz as the leaves drop.
I've been hearing pretty good things about the new Coldplay actually. And I am not going to judge; I've even seen them in concert.

It's been Fing around here at night for a week or so now, JustA. No S yet, but that can happen any month of the year here.

We'll all be there bundled up in our Cowichan sweaters and mukluks with you, Sean. Together (and with the help of our comfort food music - good analogy, that) we will make it through the winter.
At least you get a beautiful autumn, which I miss terribly. Our autumn lasts maybe two weeks, if we are lucky.

I think you may have pegged it, Mister Anchovy. I believe polkas fall more into the fall category as well.

Remi said...

A guilty pleasure that I always have to dig out when the leaves start to turn is G'n'R's November Rain. As much as my tastes have changed, mostly for the better, that song still brings back the fall of grade 11, going for aimless bike rides with my walkman because I was new in town, the town was small, and I had nothing better to do.

What a great notion and so true. Fall is definitely the time for old favourites. It's when I'm most likely to pull REM, Cohen, early Tom Waits and Sinead O'Connor's I do not want. . .

Remi said...

It's probably a little obvious, but I don't get through a fall without hearing Hawksley Workman's Autumn's Here at least once or twice.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Autumn's Here brings back all kinds of memories for me, Remi, most of them seasonally related, of course, but what a great song, regardless of the time of year.
And what a poignant story of your grade 11 memories! Even if it was GNR.

justacoolcat said...

I switch wines with the season change, I switch types of music more than I change underwear, so like once a year.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I really needed that information, JustA.