A musical stroll into fallPublished 1:21pm Sunday, October 13, 2013
Though autumn has been relatively warm thus far, the season of scarves and sweaters is upon us. Here are some tracks to toss on a playlist for a fall stroll or drive.
“My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison
Don’t mistake George Harrison for third fiddle behind the Lennon-McCartney song-writing duo. The man was a fantastic songwriter, and his 1970 album “All Things Must Pass” is perhaps the best of his post-Beatles career.
Did you know: The rest of The Beatles allegedly turned down recording this song.
“Peace Like a River” by Paul Simon
Off his 1971 self-titled solo album, this track and the album is perhaps closest to his Simon & Garfunkel material of any of Simon’s solo albums.
Did you know: Simon taught songwriting classes at New York University after Simon & Garfunkel’s split.
“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by The Band
Leave it to a Canadian songwriter (Robbie Robertson) to write a touching song about the American Civil War.
Did you know: Levon Helm, who was born in Arkansas, reportedly stopped singing the song live after 1978’s live farewell “The Last Waltz.”
“It Ain’t Me, Babe” by Bob Dylan
Dylan’s version of this with Joan Baez on “The Bootleg Series Volume 6” performed on Halloween in 1964 features a more lively, chipper Dylan than his gloomy, downtrodden attitude in his live 1966 album.
Did you know: Dylan biographers believe the song is about Dylan’s girlfriend Suze Rololo, the woman pictured with him on the cover of “The Free Wheelin’ Bob Dylan.”
“Golden” by My Morning Jacket
This relaxed tune off of “It Still Moves” is perfect to play during a drive as the trees shed their leaves.
Did you know: My Morning Jacket singer Jim James is a fan of the Muppets and songs “Wonderful (the Way I Feel)” and “Outta My System” were rejected by the 2011 film “The Muppets.”
“Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” by the White Stripes
This is perhaps the epitome of the White Stripes’ bluesy/garage rock style: “If you can hear a piano fall, you can hear me coming down the hall.”
Did you know: The album “White Blood Cells” was recorded in less than four days after a week of rehearsals, as Jack White wanted to keep the process “as unorganized as possible.”
“Vagabond” by Wolfmother
This song is relaxed compared to Wolfmother’s more well known songs like “Woman,” but it features a good, driving beat. Plus, the band features the vibe of a 1970s hard rock group.
Did you know: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has said he’s a big fan of the group’s self-titled album.
“Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” by Fleet Foxes
Off their 2008 self-titled debut, this track may be a bit overlooked on the album, but it’s a great song for quiet evenings.
Did you know: Singer Robin Pecknold has taken a loose stance on illegal file sharing of music, saying in a BBC News interview that it makes bands better because the musicians can listen to a broader range of bands.
“Undone — The Sweater Song” by Weezer
While this song may may not have the rustic, folksy feel of some the other tunes in this playlist it’s a no-brainer for a scarves and sweaters playlist.