Mixtape Mondays | Changing Of The Seasons

Monday, May 16, 2016 1 Comments A+ a-

I tend to live for the summer. Sunlight has a pretty special effect on me. I am one of those people whose mood will improve dramatically let there be sunshine. But then, funnily enough, I am also the proud owner of a T with golden leaves which says "Fall in love" and not many things make me as happy as a caramel latte as I walk through a Richmond Park painted in the most beautiful reds and yellows.

Two Door Cinema Club Changing Of The Seasons is such a happy song it had to be the title of this playlist

As you can imagine, I am not a big fan of cold weather (I mean, is anyone?), but there is something about wrapping yourself with a fleece blankie and getting cozy by a fire with a mug of mulled wine which I very much enjoy and look forward to every year. And then, when you've just about had enough of it, you notice the colours coming back, the daffodils breaking through the grass you barely remembered being there in the first place. And there is a certain freshness in the air as you suddenly feel all this energy setting the mood for summer again.

Well, all this talk is simply to justify the theme of this week's mixtape: Seasons. It's fascinating how seasons can affect us. No wonder they inspire so many songs! And you can tell their influence is not only in the lyrics, but in the mood of the tracks. Have a think about it as you listen to Open Season by the High Highs. Vance Joy's Great Summer seems to have been written for you to listen as you sit by the sea. Whilst The Courteeners' Summer seems like the perfect festival soundtrack for those beautiful July sunsets.

Mixtape Mondays | Changing Of The Seasons

Kodaline's After The Fall is the kind of song I'd have on my headphones as I cycle through a park covered in golden leaves. And talking about leaves, Autumn by Paolo Nutini starts setting the mood for the winter in the horizon. No wonder I've chosen to have James Bay's Clocks Go Forward right after it.

"Darkness bleeding in, the sun is getting low
No diamonds in the trees, only leaves of gold
And our long days in the heat haze start to fade

We can hide under sheets, under heavy covers
So deep as the night draws in
And we'll be slow honey lovers 'til the clocks go forward again"

And if you're not convinced by now, try reading the lyrics as you listen to Winter Winds by Mumford & Sons...

"As the winter winds litter London with lonely hearts
Oh the warmth in your eyes swept me into your arms
But if your strife strikes at your sleep
Remember spring swaps snow for leaves
You'll be happy and wholesome again
When the city clears and sun ascends"

There are many more songs in this playlist and many I chose to keep out just because I thought appropriate to have some kind of genre consistency. But fear not, seasons always return and so may this theme very soon... With more tracks to keep you company during summer walks or to keep you warm on those winter nights. Happy listen!


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17 May 2016 at 18:47 delete

It's funny because sometimes songs and albums and artists sound like a particular season to me, but mainly because it takes me back to the time when I listened to them, which is usually when they were released, and suddenly they feel like that particular season too.
Lissie's "Back to Forever" and Ryan Adams' 2014 eponymous albums are two examples that take me right back to autumn. In Hampstead!

Ps: you missed a real classic..."o outono é sempre iguaaaaaaal, as folhas caem no quintaaaaaal" 😂 Alright, alright, just kidding =)