Here they come – long, cold, dark evenings. I love to fill them with music that has this wonderful power to make everything more colourful! Here’s my very own, personal and subjective top 5 in a more or less arbitrary order.
1. November Rain by Guns’n’Roses
Well, of course… 🙂 My absolute all-time No. 1 when it comes to long, dark, gloomy autumn evenings. Funnily enough, the song was released in June (1992) and the first memories I have of it are connected with summer. I remember we were celebrating my Mom’s birthday in an extremely hot and dry August and everyone had been craving some rain for days. Then, all of a sudden there was thunder, everyone’s hope was that it would finally start raining… Now, remember the sound of thunder at the beginning of this song? Yes, you’re right! We were all tricked by it.
It was also one of the first songs I wanted to translate as soon as I learned enough English. And it is just a wonderful rock ballad in the old style (it is much too long to be a modern hit single!) and it has a very cool video:
2. Autumnsong by Manic Street Preachers
Autumn just by name. There might be some other MSP songs I like even more but this title just fits here perfectly. I discovered the Manics with ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’ (brilliant song) and have been a big fan ever since. I even flew from Poland to Edinburgh once just to see them live. Was absolutely worth it! Go, Wales!
3. Spread Your Wings by Queen
As a loyal Queen fan I had to place one of their songs (and choose from hundreds of genius compositions!) on the list as their music accompanies me all year round. This one’s not particularly autumnlike and the video is quite snowy but it somehow lifts my spirits when autumn gets depressing and makes me want to spread my wings once again. I love Queen and a true love lasts a lifetime as Emma Thompson says about Joni Mitchell in ‘Love Actually’. Here I’d love to thank my parents for sharing their wonderful music taste with me since the day I came back from the hospital after being born (apparently there was ‘Brothers In Arms’ on the radio at that time).
4. Learning to Fly by Pink Floyd
Another music fascination I owe to my parents although, I have to admit, I was a bit resistant at first (shame on me). I don’t know what is it about flying that seems so appealing to me in autumn but here’s yet another song on this topic. Unfortunately I’ll never be able to go to a Queen concert (Queen without Freddie doesn’t count, he was the soul of their live performances) but fortunately I made it in time to see at least half of Pink Floyd before Richard Wright (R.I.P.) passed away. It was in Gdańsk in 2006 where David Gilmour and his band played to an audience of 50,000 at the shipyard to celebrate Poland’s 1980 revolution. It was absolutely awesome!
5. You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
Last but not least, something more recent to prove that I’m not an absolute music nerd (although I probably am). And a concert I’m still looking forward to (soon!!). Recently discovered (thanks, Ginette!) and a very nice surprise. Clever lyrics, good music, pleasant voice and a guitar. What more could you need? I love listening to this kind of music while reading in bed before going to sleep.