When it’s cold outside, I just want to get warm and cozy, and that makes me think of sleep. Fall makes me think of all the food and drink of the holidays, and cloudy days make it even more pronounced.
About this time of year, I switch some of the music I listen to. There is, to me, some music that just doesn’t sound good in fall/winter, and some that only sounds good then. It may also be associated with driving in darkness, because it’s darker both earlier and later. Seriously, sometimes I miss delivering pizza, not because of the shitty work, but because of the driving into strange new neighborhoods, listening to music and not really thinking much. I don’t really want to do that now – drive around town at night listening to music, that is. It would seem strange. But I remember those times when I would deliver the last pizza in the dark and cold of some winter night in a neighborhood that was completely quiet. I would sometimes stand there for several minutes, soaking that in. I liked it for some reason. I found it comforting.
The music I switch to is mostly music that is unattached to an event. It’s attached to driving in general, at night or in overcast days, but in cold weather. It’s usually dark music, in minor keys and often complex. This is an experience that I have, so I’m not going to link a ton of videos or something. Even while I’m driving, listening to this type of music is the closest I can get to sleep.
Of course, another thing I miss about delivering pizza is that I could eat a whole small pizza and not gain any weight, whereas now if I smell pizza I have to hit the gym. I’m old. On the other hand, two people at work thought I was in my 20s, people I’ve worked with for a year. This could be because I’m extremely immature, you big poopieheads, but I don’t know.
I’m all melancholy now, which I also find oddly comforting. I think that’s why I like the Gazette and Japanese rock in general. Lots of melancholy lyrics. I like subtlety as well, and that’s why I dislike most pop and country – those genres punch you in the face with their lyrics.
Anyway, the holiday spirit that has started now, whether you like it this early or not, is a melancholy one, as is this time of year. That’s why I like them both. Comforting.
Everyone is different, though. Everyone has different things that make them comfortable and cozy, and melancholy. What’s your favorite time of year? Do you listen to different music in different seasons? Tell me in the comments what you think.
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