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This Week’s Playlist: Sweater Weather

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 20, 2013

Yes, it’s officially been fall for over a month now but we at Team 360 didn’t feel right about programming a playlist of autumal songs in the midst of the persistent blistering heat that plagued us up until about a week ago. And while we acknowledge that this week’s forecast does include a few highs in the 80s, the lows dropping to the frosty 50s at night make us feel totally ok about embracing the beginning of the cool season and with that pulling out This Week’s Playlist: Sweater Weather.

Which brings up an interesting point. Many of the songs on this playlist, from the title track by The Neighbourhood, to Ed Sheeran’s gloomy “Autumn Leaves” to the White Stripes’ fiery dirge “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” have a chilly feel, conjuring autumn as a dark season of dormant desires and dying love. Which falls in line with common Western mythology which classifies autumn as the end of the growing season as we prepare for the final harvest and winter, the dying season approaches. I grew up in the Midwest, I totally get all of that.

But it’s different in Texas, no? We’re finally able to lunch outdoors in comfort. We can order our morning coffee hot. We proudly don our sweaters and boots and walk around with a spring in our steps that blissfully doesn’t make us sweat. The average Austinite’s take on autumn is probably more in line with Earth, Wind and Fire’s ebullient “September” a song about glorious love that shimmers with endless possibilities.

No matter, regardless of where you stand on the seasonal affective scale go ahead and grab that sweater (for the morning anyway) and rock out to This Week’s Playlist: Sweater Weather.