Worth The Wax #29: Autumnal Hymns
The weather has dipped sharply here in NYC this past week, sending the masses indoors as summer ends without so much as a farewell. Unfortunately, the skyscrapers and brownstones do not fade to reds, oranges, and yellows with the change in temperature, but something one can always rely on in urban centers is plenty of commuting time spent at the mercy of a biting wind. Noone wants to dwell on their frozen cuticles for too long, however, and so having mixtapes and albums to listen to can become an essential part of the everyday journey.
Do certain music formats fit certain seasons? Summer, for example, serves the scintillating single well in terms of parties, barbecues, and throwing those windows down to let the whole neighborhood know what’s up. To that end, though, do specific styles of music feel more poignant at different times of the year? As the blood cools to a more laconic pace, and your nose starts running ‘til it’s red…do we reach for more jazz records, or techno opuses? Do April showers bring a willingness to try new artists, new genres, branch out and embrace that debut LP?
As these questions boil down to a matter of personal preference, I’ll state mine: The autumn gently places me into headphone mode, more than happy to have the increased time on my hands to sit down with an album in peace. The shifts in the weather drive hands into pockets and people into their homes, and so what better way is there to hibernate than with an extended or long play?
(originally posted on percussionlab.com)