I was going to write about school songs. But Wikipedia has a pretty exhaustive list, and frankly I don’t care for the majority of them. I was going to write about the conventions and the songs used, but: 1) Political songs are shitty, as a rule, and 2) I could do without hearing “Go Your Own Way” ever again. So what to do? Bend the rules to suit my whims, that’s what. I know it’s not “technically” fall, but it’s after Labor Day, so it’s close enough! Everything post-jump reminds me of autumn, or school, or leaves, or jackets — any of those lovely things that stand for the Best Season of the Year. They don’t really have anything in common beyond my seasonal associations: There’s some hip-hop, and a dead guy, and a TV show theme song.
Polaris, “Hey Sandy”
Quintessential autumn song for me. Pete and Pete seemed to take place, really, in an autumnal universe, even though I remember summer and winter episodes. In my memories, I’ve mentally married the show with school, as well.
Earth, Wind and Fire, “September”
One day I’m going to rent out a venue and throw a giant September 21 party, with this as the highlight. There will be a photo booth with orange and red leaves and everyone gets a candy apple.
Kanye West, “Flashing Lights”
This is a song that straddles the fall/winter divide for me, which makes sense: Cursory research indicates that it was released on Nov. 22, 2007. It was also used in an ad for Gossip Girl, so it has the added bonus of reminding me of Ed Westwick’s adorable little grimy rat face.
Smashing Pumpkins, “1979”
Re-watching the video, it clearly has more of a summertime theme, but whatever. Kids getting into high jinks + TPing houses = fall. I’m the judge of seasons around here.
Elliott Smith, “Son of Sam”
Some songs just sound like seasons or months. This is clearly an October. Can’t explain it.
Interpol, “Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down”
I went to college.