Like Julia, my music also changes with the seasons. In the post-holidays winter and early spring I used to blast bossa nova to get me through the dreary days. My summer anthems are exuberant, ranging from Stromae's deceptively upbeat dance music to the Clash's reggaeton and ska-infused songs. My fall music also has its own theme, while tending to be music I actually encountered for the first time in a fall season, and conjuring all of those memories as well.
The fall is a contemplative time, the calm before the holiday craze, with almost a year behind you to reflect on. The music I listen to becomes more minimalist, though not necessarily quiet. I discovered the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Show Your Bones album in the fall of 2008, and there was something oddly calming about waking up on a misty fall weekend upstate and filling my ears with Karen O's howling. The songs on that album are surprising - they often kick off with a calm, folky sound and descend into electric chaos.
"Johnny Appleseed" by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros is a great fall song just by virtue of its name. I heard it for the first time in the fall of 2007 when I went to the see the Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten doc at IFC. At 14 I was already a committed Clash fan, but the film introduced me to Strummer's post-Clash and solo work, which remained fantastic until his untimely death. A lot of people actually know "Johnny Appleseed" as the theme song from that weird HBO show John from Cincinnati, which I can't say I've ever seen. I enjoy the subtle social commentary and pacifist message of the lyrics, which is a departure from Strummer's original take-to-the-barricades activism, but still as meaningful. And the entire Global A Go-Go album is worth a listen.
The last album I've included is Jefferson Airplane's The Worst of Jefferson Airplane, which could easily be interpreted as a total fall cliché with its hippie harvest vibe. Still, my mother fished her 60s-era vinyl version out of the basement for me, and I played it on my record player during my first semester of college. It was a new and disorienting time, but I found comfort in the uplifting power of "It's No Secret," "Somebody to Love," and "The Ballad of You, Me and Pooneil." From browsing the comments section of YouTube it sounds like you can't overthink this album because most people just listened to it high. Different strokes.