On Music & the Seasons

As soon as the weather dips below 60 degrees, I break out the long sleeve t-shirts, stock up on apple cider and soup, and take all the cheery crap off my iPod. I have three seasons of music: winter, summer, and the transitional periods of spring and fall. I stick to my weather-based music whims pretty consistently – a habit I’m going to try to break out of this winter. If it’s dark and cold, the last thing I want to do is listen to cheery music. But doesn’t that just exacerbate my gloom?

The transitional stuff can go either way – music like Port O’Brien, the Lucksmiths, Koufax, John Vanderslice. Not too happy, not too sad.

John Vanderslice — “I’ll Never Live Up to You” {from the free Green Grow the Rushes ep}

The summer is for bouncy music like the Shout Out Louds, Grizzly Bear, Sharon Jones, the New Pornographers, Stephen Malkmus.

No Kids – “The Jazz Singer” {from the Judy at the Grove ep}

The winter is a lot more mellow and wallow — Elliott Smith, Little Wings, Julie Doiron, Sufjan Stevens —  music that hangs like the lack of sunshine. It’s not stuff that’s particularly downbeat, just a little more heavy.

David Bazan — “Bearing Witness” {from Curse Your Branches}

Is it just me? Or does what you listen to change with the seasons?