There are places in the world where the leaves have started to turn. The air feels crisp. The sweaters have been pulled out from their hiding place in the back of the closet.
A lot has changed for me since I last made one of these. Truthfully, when I shared my seasonal playlist for the Summer Solstice (found here), I was really hoping I was wrong. Except, it turned out, I wasn’t:
This past July, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Someday I will share a bit more about this. In the meantime, to honor all the things that landed on my plate due to my diagnosis, I made a playlist of songs I really, really like. Maybe there’s some meaning floating around somewhere in there. I don’t know.
I just think it’s important to make space for the things that we like. Stay cozy, friends.
The Autumn Playlist 2020
Where Is My Love – Cat Power
Sorrow – The National
So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings – Caroline Polachek
Now I’m In It – HAIM
Coffee – Sylvan Esso
Rivers and Roads – The Head And The Heart
Utican – Novo Amor
Moutain’s Shadow – Mutual Benefit
Back In My Body – Maggie Rogers
Victory – The Avett Brothers
Golden – Harry Styles
Hunger – Florence and the Machine
Sometimes I grow weary of the days, with all their fits and starts. I want to climb some old gray mountains, slowly, taking The rest of my lifetime to do it, resting often, sleeping Under the pines or, above them, on the unclothed rocks. I want to see how many stars are still in the sky That we have smothered for years now, a century at least. I want to look back at everything, forgiving it all, And peaceful, knowing the last thing there is to know. All that urgency! Not what the earth is about! How silent the trees, their poetry being of themselves only. I want to take slow steps, and think appropriate thoughts. In ten thousand years, maybe, a piece of the mountain will fall.
Mary Oliver The Poet Dreams Of The Mountain