☠️ deep in the forest // a playlist for autumn

Abandoned House on US-24

I like having a playlist for autumn. I have a few, but this one takes me back to the eastern part of the country where the weather gets cooler, leaves turn colors and night creeps up earlier.

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Spending time in a forest alone

When I was young, I would spend a lot of time in the nearby forest. I was often with friends, but just as much, I also was there alone. The time I spent in the forest alone was magical. It was Midwest America, and in the cool weather, there was nothing like it. I’d usually go at dusk and wait for the sun to fall into twilight before I would leave.

With this playlist for autumn, I attempted to recreate those moments. This is all deeply personal. I spent a lot of time looking for the right sounds to include, and I am happy with how this came out.

The cover photo: abandoned property

When I took the photos of my childhood roaming area, I took a trip from Detroit to Fort Wayne. I drove US-24 through Ohio. I also got some photos of some abandoned property that littered the roadside.

These are from the same trip that yielded the photos I used as the cover art for my two-track ambient album “haunting“. That property was a few miles away from the one I showcase here.

Yes. It is dark. Very dark.

Look: I made a dark playlist. Most of my playlists are dark so a playlist for autumn is going to be really dark. It is, after all, the season for Halloween.

To me, this is the sound of the deep black forest, witches and devils. This is what autumn sounds like. While sitting in 100-degree heat in Arizona, I miss autumn in the Midwest sometimes. I love my desert, but there’s nothing quite like getting lost in a deep forest of leaves turning different colors. I miss the sound of the wind blowing through tree branches and the distant sound of trains on tracks.

Shuffle Off, Repeat On

If you leave Repeat off, Spotify makes some very weird recommendations. If you can forgive the break in moods, it does come up with some interesting recommendations. While this playlist definitely works with Shuffle on, I recommend leaving it off if possible.

If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.

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