I don’t know about you, but when the season changes to fall so does the music that comes to my mind. It’s the 1960s songs about the political changes during the heart of the Civil Rights movement, and the peace and love praised by the hippies. These three albums will keep you company during the cold weather while teaching you a thing or two about the counterculture while their songs continue to apply today.
1. Peter, Paul and Mary – 10 Years Together
This album has songs written by the people for the people of the ’60s. If I had a Hammer and Blowin’ in the Wind were sung by the trio on the March of Washington in 1963. It was the walk for freedom where civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream“ Speech to end racism. Other songs in this album include, Early Mornin’ Rain, Leavin’ on a Jet Plane, and Don’t Think Twice it’s Alright.
2. The Mama’s and the Papas – The Best Of
The opening track is California Dreamin‘ – how’s that to welcome the fall weather. Despite walking down the streets where “all the leaves are brown and the sky is gray,” Los Angeles seems like the perfect destination. California is the theme that appears throughout the album along with lyrics of love. The flute, the vocal harmonies and lyrics in this album allow you to reflect on your life during the long, cold hours. Other songs included are Dream a Little Dream of Me, Twelve Thirty, and Words of Love.
Sometimes we can’t find the album we’re looking for: either it’s no longer available, it hasn’t been re-issued, or our favorite songs are not on one CD or vinyl. In that case, YouTube is the best option. That’s why I created a playlist of the Scottish songwriter and singer, Donovan. He is best known for Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow, and Jennifer Juniper. His songs have been decoded as talking about his drug use during the ’60s, but they are calm and interesting to listen to without having to take a bad trip.
Which of these albums have you listened to? Is there a particular one that reminds you of fall?