Ah, September. Tucked between the fresh starts of August and the harvest-inspired fall vibes of October, the ninth month of the year has its own certain mood. We tend to feel that it is sort of cozy, perhaps a little melancholy—definitely a touch moodier than the summer months. It makes sense, certainly, since the latter part of the month includes the fall equinox, officially ushering in the season of chilly days, warm drinks, and introspective thinking. As you can probably tell, we here at Upper East River are definitely fans of September! We’re also big fans of the playlist we put together on Spotify some months ago. It’s the musical embodiment of life in our beautiful neighborhood, but it also has quite a few songs we think fit the bill for September! So, here are 4 songs from our Spotify playlist with perfect September vibes!
“Stay With Me” by Angus & Julia Stone
This take on the Sam Smith original has a quite folksy, indie sort of feel … it has the whole “gloomy day inside daydreaming” vibe down! When we hear this one, it makes us want to curl up with a contemporary romance novel or perhaps a loved one, glass of wine, and puzzle.
“Wildflowers” by Trampled by Turtles
While we’re thinking folksy (which we believe really does complement the fall feeling), we’ve got to mention this track. A sweet song of freedom and love, it lends itself to visions of sunflower fields, starry nighttime skies, and lovingly baked pies.
“September” by Taylor Swift
We figured we shouldn’t start with this most obvious pick, but how can you forego this cultural treasure on a list of songs for the month of September? It was first written by Earth, Wind & Fire, and while that version is of course a legendary song, we also like this twist by Taylor Swift. Many of the lyrics seem similar to something the storytelling singer-songwriter might have created herself, so her performance of it feels natural.
“Billie Jean” by The Civil Wars
Now, let’s change the tune. The Civil Wars’ boozy, smoky-voiced version of this Michael Jackson classic is intoxicatingly ambient. We think it’s perfect for September because it would be the perfect song to sway to with a good glass of whiskey in the company of friends, and whiskey’s rich warmth makes it an ideal fall liquor of choice, if you ask us!
By the way, if you need a whiskey recommendation, we think you should try a bottle of J.J. Corry’s Irish whiskey! 😉
Enjoy these songs from our Spotify playlist, and be sure to give us a “like” while you’re there! 😉