Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. No other season inspires & captures my imagination, or feels more alive to me, than Autumn.

A sweet farewell to Summer, filled with resplendent displays of color, acrobatic skies, symphonic crescendos of wind through the trees, all ending in a ticker-tape parade shower of leaves, and a great gathering near, with Winter soon upon us.

Not to mention, it’s crowning jewel, an annual costumed block party with free candy, door to door?!!…. Come on….Best season ever.

This song list comes right from “Side A” of my “Autumn Mix” tape (yes tape), a compilation I put together sometime back in high school (with a couple later add-ons). For me, these songs truly capture the nostalgia, whimsy, romance, mood & timbre of the season.

Be it the middle of August, one need only play this compilation, and I’m bundled up and out the door, with my thermos of Hot Spiked…er…Spiced Cider, to go kick some leaves. I hope you enjoy these remarkable recordings as much as I do!!

* Here’s the link for my HOT SPICED CIDER RECIPES


1.) “September Song”

Django Reinhardt – EP Release (1954)

2.) “The Fields Of November”

Norman Blake – The Fields Of November / Old And New (1992)

3.) Maurice Ravel: “Sonatine (II. Mouvement de menuet)”

Martha Argerich – Gaspard De La Nuit • Sonatine • Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales (1975)

4.) “Creepy Feeling”

Jelly Roll Morton – 78 RPM Record (1938)

5.) “Trav’lin’ Light”

Chet Baker – On Green Dolphin Street (1960)

6.) “Urge for Going”

Tom Rush – The Circle Game (1968)

7.) “Moonglow”

Barney Bigard – Barney Bigard Trio EP (1955)

8.) “Good Bait”

Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue (1968)

9.) “Stardust””

Fats Waller – 78 RPM Record (1937)

10.) “Wisdom Eye”

Alice Coltrane – Eternity (1975)

11.) “Willie O Winsbury”

Anne Briggs – Anne Briggs (1971)

12.) “Ekitundu Ekisooka (First Movement)”

Kronos Quartet – Pieces Of Africa (1992)

13.) “West End Blues”

Louis Armstrong – 78 RPM Record (1928)

14.) “Great Pumpkin Waltz”

Vince Guaraldi – Oh Good Grief (1968)

15.) “Rainbirds”

Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones (1983)

16.) “The Nearness of You”

Connie Boswell – 78 RPM Recording (1940)

17.) “In the Dark”

Butch Thompson – A Prairie Home Companion: Horrors! (1996)

18.) “Are You Leaving For The Country”

Karen Dalton – In My Own Time (1971)

19.) “Some Other Time”

Bill Evans – The Complete Riverside Recordings (1987)

20.) “Who Knows Where the Time Goes” (Live 1969)

Fairport Convention – The Best of the BBC Recordings (2008)

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