As a native Floridian for the first 31 years of my life, I never experienced Autumn. Yeah, it gets chilly down there in the winter and things die and stuff, but really winter is seen as more of just a break from the heat and humidity that permeates the state the other 10 months of the year.
My point being… Weather-wise… I do not miss Florida in the slightest.
Moving to Ohio over 6 1/2 years ago I discovered seasons. Genuine seasons. Bits of similar weather that last for about 3 months or so before moving on to another batch of similar weather. It’s amazing.
Summer is summer and there are a few weeks where it’s like Florida, but after those weeks it leaves and Fall begins. Then winter and cold and how EVERYTHING looks more beautiful with a fresh layer of snow on it. Spring and the sudden (and I’m mean sudden) emergence of green leaves, flowers, bugs, birds, and very pale legs.
But my favourite has got to be fall / autumn. I don’t know if those are synonyms, I think they are, but (ir)regardless.. it’s amazing. Part of it, of course, is the leaves changing. Yeah, yeah, I’ve seen the pics (much like the one Nelso gave us at the top of this post) and they always look so neat, pretty, and kinda cliche to an outsider like me, but then, up here, you experience it, see it actually happen, how at first it’s just a few trees after this cold front or that, but how it’s still mostly green. Then one day, you are on your bike and you look around you and the only green to be seen is the grass, bushes, and the rare tree here or there.
Oh man… the colours….
I go all double rainbow guy about the colours, mentally exclaiming Ooo’s and Aaah’s like a kid at a 4th of July celebration! They really are explosions of colour, only to trickle down and fade as winter gets closer and closer.
But that’s only part of it.
The smells… there seems to linger a smell of a fireplace every where you go!
The temperatures…. chilly in the mornings, cool to mild in the afternoons, massive shifts from 40 to 65 degrees in the span of hours, but never really getting too cold or too hot, i.e. sweater weather.
Frosty grass. Hazy & late sunrises. Intensely purple and orange and pink sunsets at 6:30 in the evening. The craving of hot breakfasts. Snuggling close as you walk down the sidewalk in the evening for a nightcap at Apropos. Seeking some sun to stay warm at brunch outside at Katalina’s Cafe Corner — of which I’m the mayor! Suck it Justin!!! Balancing layers of clothes on bike rides to find that perfect temperature to cruise at 25 mph. Bad hair days kept under a warm hat. Wool fucking socks.
Autumn, and really seasons in general, taught me something. It showed me why people move to Florida & Arizona when they get old.
You see… with seasons, there is a constant and physical reminder of the passing of time, of things moving forward, or another year gone by. Every few months, something in the air changes and we move closer to the end or beginning of another year.
But… in Florida (or Arizona for the Baby Boomers who don’t want to be like the old people in Florida but actually just like them, but in a desert environment instead of a tropical one) it’s one big long hot season with a little break come winter. So, besides holidays, time stands still until one day your dead, but man those last 15 years seems 3 times as long.
It’s just a theory. But that’s my thinkerin’…
But our newest writer Nelso — yep, just asked him yesterday to “go with us” and he circle “yes”!!! — built this mixtape for all those people, like the younger me, who had never experienced the beauty of autumn, saying:
I’ve heard that many people around the country do not experience “A Fall” season, shame. Well, if you live in or around Michigan, you know fall very well. It is my personal favorite time of the year. Get out those light sweaters, hot cider, cinnimon donuts, take a drive, look at the colors of the leaves, and most importantly find some music that fits the mood of fall…..so here, i’ll help ya out with that part….
It’s a pretty amazing mixtape, so grab some of that cider (coffee for me, though), put on that instarsia sweater…
Then push play, and enjoy as…
The TSURURADIO Community Presents…
Last to Swin – Strand of Oaks
Bobcat Goldwraith – The Acorn
Older Brother – Pepper Rabbit
Lark – Josh Ritter
Love is All – The Tallest Man on Earth
Dogwalkers of the New age – Breathe Owl Breathe
Home – Villagers
Pocketknife – Ferraby Lionheart
Place At The End of the Street – Cotton Jones
Piece by Piece, Frame by Frame – Deer Tick
Sonata – Young Hunting
Libraries – Seabear
Either Way – Beta Radio
You Love Me – DeVotchKa
Gondwanaland – Stronoway
Without A Doubt – Isbells
The Last Parade on Ann St. – Chris Bathgate
Love on My Side – Lost In The Trees
Ballad of Vitaly – Delta Spirit
William Henry Miller Pt. I – Meurasault
Thanks again, so much Nelso!!! Another fine fine mixtape! And welcome to the paper crane collective!!!
BUT! We aren’t done yet! Lots more mixtapes to come, including a new one from me tomorrow!!! Warning: Get yer cocks ready.